PERMANENT DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY. On Sunday, May 30th we thanked our Interim Music Director and Organist, Michael Lindner, for guiding our music program through a time of transition and pandemic. On Sunday, June 6th, we will introduce our permanent Director of Music Ministry, Colin Stave. Colin is an experienced church musician, choral singer, and conductor. His adeptness at planning repertoire for varied abilities and age groups will bring inclusiveness to all. His ability to administer, work with Pastor and staff, develop a Vespers series, and involve himself in the congregation gives him valuable understanding into the life of a church. With an educational background from Pacific Lutheran University, Central Washington University, and University of Southern California, his degrees include a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, and, soon, a Doctorate in Music. Colin possesses the focus to elevate music as an expression of faith and spiritual growth.

THANKS FROM LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF. Last October you gave over $21,000 to help Lutheran World Relief assist those in Lebanon affected by the port explosion. Then, this spring you raised an additional $15,000 to help them get the vaccine to developing countries. This month, Pastor Lisa Kipp will travel to St. James to say Thank You. On Sunday, June 20th, she will preach for us and then show a video after worship of how our gifts are touching others with love all over the world.

SUMMER BIBLE STUDY. On Wednesdays in the month of July, Pastor David will provide another multi-week recorded Bible Study here on our website. The theme will be “Is Jesus God: Creeds, Chaos and Constantine.” Then on Sunday, August 1st you are invited to gather at 11:00am for an in-person discussion as the series concludes. From February to April we explored “Peter, Paul and Mary: How They Guide Our Lenten Journey.” The study invited us to see how the scriptures were formed and how some of Jesus’ companions viewed him. So what happened next? What can the early history of the Christian Church tell us about how our creeds were constructed and why we share them today? How was Emperor Constantine part of this? Join us.