Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

 A Word from Pastor Stefan

April 2018

Charged with Good News

It was three women – Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome – who were the first to find out that Jesus was alive.  The word is “He is risen, risen indeed!”  These women were charged to share this amazingly good news with the disciples.  The word got out, and many people met the risen Christ in person.  Even Thomas, who was not so sure at first if this was true, met Jesus and addressed him with, “My Lord and my God!”

The Easter news continues to change the world with a message of hope.

We are all charged with sharing this news that we heard on Easter morning.  Jesus is alive.  There is no death anymore with Him, and with Him, we have eternal life.  This good news impacts our lives today because we believe in a God who can overcome everything including death.  Being a good news carrier is so very needed in our world.  It has the power to give us hope to address the challenges we are facing in our daily lives.

I like sharing good news, and in addition to the best good news ever – that Christ is alive – I have some good news to share that is happening in our church.

Since January, Megan Radowick became our Music Director.  She has been selecting music for all of our services, providing information for our bulletins, and coordinating singers.  Megan is also leading our Cancel Choir and was involved in the hiring process of our Saturday worship leader, Robin Rotela, as well as our Sunday organist/pianist and choir accompanist, Anna Kovalevska.

Since February, we have offered Robin the Saturday Service music position. Robin has a Master’s degree in music education, and she played the piano during our Mid-Week Lenten services.  For our 10:45 service, we just offered the position of organist, pianist, and accompanist to Anna Kovalevska.  She is from the Ukraine and served as assistant music director at a church in Pittsburg.  She holds a master degree in piano performance from National University in Kyiv, Ukraine.  She will start officially on April 8, the Sunday after Easter. We are thankful and excited to have these wonderfully gifted musicians with us.

God is good.  He sent us these fine musicians who will help us to make a joyful noise to the Lord.  We are blessed to have such a wonderful music ministry at Christus Victor.

I invite all of you to come and worship with us on Saturdays at 5:00pm or Sundays at 9:15 or 10:45 am.  Come and bring a friend to greet our new musicians with a warm Christus Victor welcome.

We have more good news!  We are starting up another Financial Peace University class on April 5. This is a course that will help all of us to become good stewards with the resources that God has provided for us, teaching us how we can share them with others.  See more information on this wonderful class in this Communicator edition.

I invite you to develop sharing good news in your life as a habit.  God has good news each day for us.  The God who created us says through the Prophet Isaiah, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:2).  Thank you for your partnership in sharing God’s Good News.

Pastor Stefan