Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you all very much for the prayers and the encouragement as my mother underwent heart bypass surgery this week. The surgery was successful, and the surgeon said she has a strong heart. We now pray for the many weeks of recovery that are ahead, as she heals and regains her strength. I appreciated the many people who asked about my mother and for support from all of you. It is a great blessing to have this consolation and conversations with brothers and sisters in Christ.
Martin Luther put a great value on the care that Christians give to each other. In the Smalcald Articles, Luther writes about the “mutual conversation and consolation of the brethren”. Luther stated that this mutual conversation was a way that Christians live together in God’s word. The Gospel comes to us through each other.
I invite all of you to a time of mutual conversation, which I am calling “Coffee and Conversation”. This coffee and conversation will happen on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. and on some Saturday mornings. You can find the schedule in this Newsletter. The purpose of this Coffee and Conversation with the pastor is to get to know each other better, and to strengthen the relationship between the pastor and the people. There is no set agenda for the time. We can talk about events in the world, events in the church, events in your life, the Sunday sermon, etc.
There is great value in spending time together in conversation and I look forward to this opportunity to talk with all of you. And don’t forget, you are welcome to come talk to me at any time. You can call me and we can plan a time to get together at the church or meet up at a coffee shop or have lunch. I am also very willing to come visit you in your home.
“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Scott C. Egbers