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

June 2018

Summer Soul Service at Christus Victor

From there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul. —Deuteronomy (4:29)

 

Summer SOUL is the title of our new summer mid-week services.  SOUL stands for Seeking Out U Lord!”  Summer is a great time to come together for food and fun, so we thought, let us do that!  We have planned for us to meet at 6:00pm for dinner.  At 6:30, we will watch a short video clip on some interesting topics about God and faith and have informal discussions.  At 7:00pm, we will all meet in the sanctuary for a short evening worship similar to our Lenten services.

From 6:30-7:45 we will have nursery care available for children, 6 years old and under.  There will also be planned activities for children from 6:30-7:00pm.  Please invite a friend or neighbor as we Seek Out U Lord.

As I am writing this note to you, I am still thinking about what just happened in our church courtyard where Mamma Duck came back and hatched 16 ducklings.  Looking through the windows, we observed that wherever Mamma Duck went, her little ones followed.  If she jumped up a small stone wall, they tried it, too.  For some, it was quite a challenge to jump that high.  They were all persistent and made it up the stone step.

On their second day of life, one little duckling fell into a drainage well and could not make it out by itself.  We called the police, and three officers from the Elk Grove Police Department came to try and rescue the lost duckling.  One officer’s arm was long enough to reach the duckling who jumped into his hand.  The rescuing officers took turns holding the duckling, and all had big smiles on their faces. 

We watched how the ducklings copied their mom when she was teaching them how to clean up after a long night of rain. It was so cute to see the little ones cleaning themselves just as Mamma did.  And when the day came to move them out into the world, Mamma Duck led the way out of the courtyard and across Arlington Height Road as we held back the traffic.  All 16 ducklings followed their mother.  None of them got lost, and all made it safely to the pond behind the movie theater.

What happened in front of our eyes is an analogy for what happens when we come together, seek God, and share with each other what God is doing in our lives.  God is always looking for us when we get lost; God is there when we are facing challenges in life and have to “climb mountains.”  God encourages us to find our way and fills our heart with joy when we come together and worship Him.  So, let us all seek out God and check out our Summer SOUL services, starting on June 14 at 6:00pm.

Your Pastor Stefan

PS: Please attend one of our Vision 20/20 forums to learn about our exciting plans to share our passion for God’s love with all people.