Thoughts and Ponderings from Pastor:
A while ago I wrote some devotionals around the theme of ‘My Top 5 Favorite Disney Lines’, and I received a great deal of (positive!) response.
So, while deciding what to write for my July Newsletter article, I decided to write my “Thoughts and Ponderings’ around some Disney-inspired thoughts and ponderings! Enjoy…
Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)
Hakuna Matata means, no worries. But what happens when we take this philosophy of life too far and hurt others, or ourselves?
Who cares, no worries. Ah, don’t worry about how you’re going to pay your bills, no worries. Relax, no worries, all will be good. No worries, eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.
No worries? Just ask the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) how that turned out.
Remember Who You Are (The Lion King)
In The Lion King, Simba forgets and feels separated from who he is, his father’s son, and the true Lion King.
Sometimes we forget who we are, beloved children of God, made in His image. Sometimes we forget Paul’s words in Romans 8:35-39 that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
So, what does it mean for Simba, and for us, to remember who we are? It means we belong, and we are loved.
Just Keep Swimming (Finding Nemo)
Sometimes life gets tough, right?
Dory’s advice to Marlin in Finding Nemo is that, when you are going through something scary and difficult, just keep swimming.
That’s so often easier when we, like Marlin, have someone to swim alongside us.
Ruth’s words to her grieving mother-in-law, Naomi, in Ruth 1:16-18 show just how important companionship is when swimming through dark waters...But Ruth said, do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you. And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
Living with Uncertainty (Finding Nemo)
Again, in Finding Nemo, Marlin must learn how to live with the knowledge that he cannot keep his son safe at all times and ensure that nothing ever happens to him.
After losing his children, Job 43:12-17, Job chooses to have more children and must also live with the knowledge that life is full of uncertainty and risk…And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. And Job died, an old man, and full of days.
Sometimes those uncertainties can be crippling, but like Job, and Marlin, we must find a way to live in the midst of uncertainty.
Dream, Believe, Dare, Do (Walt Disney)
July Bible Readings:
4: Ezekiel 2:1-5; Ephesians 4:11-12; Matthew 28:18-20
11: Malachi 3:6-10; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Luke 19:11-27
18: Psalm 119:1-4-106; Romans 1:15-17; Mark 16:14-16
25: Psalm 23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; John 20:21-23
Sunday Morning Bible Study: World of Yesterday, World of Today.
Bibles and Coffee: On a summer break!
Hope Womens Center: The Power of Forgiveness.
Special Days in July:
According to our records, this month John Compton (4th), Carolyn Olson (4th), Donna Scheibe (6th), Larry Deamron (8th), Elsa Horak (15th), and Jake Villwok (22nd) celebrate their birthday, and, Larry and Jean Deamron (15th) celebrate their wedding anniversary. God bless your special day!
This month our Member Spotlight is on Debby Schelske.
1. Where do you live? Casa Grande, Arizona.
2. Who makes up your family? My Mom who is 92, 2 brothers and 1 sister, 14 nieces and nephews, plus their kids and their kids…too numerous to count!
3. Where were you born? Mitchell, South Dakota.
4. What have you done, what jobs have you held? I have had too many jobs to mention, but retired from Black Hills State University, Spearfish South Dakota.
5. What is your favorite Bible Passage? Joshua 24:15, As for me and my house we, will serve the Lord.
6. What is your favorite food or meal? I eat all cuisines. The best is cooked by someone else!
7. What is the last book you read? I read the Portals of Prayer and the Bible passages.
8. What is something interesting that we may not know about you? Actually I am pretty boring, but I like doing jigsaw puzzles.
WOW (Women of Worth—LWML) News and Notes:
Over the past few months the WOW Noisy Offerings have been designated for various Pacific Southwest District LWML mission grants.
WOW will continue to gather the Noisy Offerings but submit them to the District for disbursement.
WOW will be highlighting one of the 17 grants each month, and the mission grant we are highlighting this month is Living in Grace, a faith response to financial responsibilities.
Women in Las Vegas, Nevada are learning how their lives can be renewed and changed by Him. Through Bible studies, life skill classes, interactions with staff and volunteers they are learning about a God who provides for and protects them.
All women of the Church are welcome to join our group. Please consider joining us! Just show up and you are a member!
The June meeting will be Wednesday, July 21st, at 1:30pm.
News From Our Synod:
President Harrison signs joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Education
On June 1st, the Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of the LCMS, joined a diverse group of U.S. religious and legal leaders in writing to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, about the need to preserve two federal regulations, that impact religious freedom at public universities.
According to the Federal Register, the regulations state that a public institution “shall not deny to any student organization whose stated mission is religious in nature and that is at the public institution any right, benefit, or privilege that is otherwise afforded to other student organizations at the public institution (including but not limited to full access to the facilities of the public institution, distribution of student fee funds, and official recognition of the student organization by the public institution) because of the religious student organization’s beliefs, practices, policies, speech, membership standards, or leadership standards, which are informed by sincerely held religious beliefs.”
The letter to Cardona notes that, even with existing protections, “student groups on some college and university campuses are denied the right to require that their leadership affirm the religious convictions of the organizations.”
As a result, the groups may be denied leadership, which can in turn make it difficult or impossible for them to carry out functions as basic as reserving on-campus meeting space.
“Denying recognition to these groups because of their sincerely held religious beliefs is wrong,” write the signatories of the letter. “We urge you to preserve the legal protections for individual students and religious student organizations so that students of all faiths will continue to feel welcome on their public college campuses.”
Commenting on his decision to sign the letter, Harrison said, “The situation on some university campuses today reminds me of something the great Lutheran Hermann Sasse wrote in 1932 in Germany.
Paraphrasing it for our day, it’s quite appropriate. We’re not much interested in whether university administrations give their support to Christianity. But in light of the Bill of Rights, which guarantees free speech, freedom of assembly and the free exercise of religion, we would like to know whether the church is to be permitted to preach the Gospel. Whether legal or not, we will continue to do so.”
2022 Rose Parade Float:
Now in our 71st year, the Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) float continues to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of parade viewers around the world.
Themed Jesus Teaches and built by Phoenix Decorating Co., the float features Jesus with 12 modern day disciples in a lush, woodland setting. They are surrounded by books of Jesus’ teachings; trail markers noting attributes that guide our daily lives including joy, peace, love, and kindness; and a cross firmly fixed to solid rock.
Watch for signups for decorating Rose Parade floats according to the schedule:
Saturday Dec. 4, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday Dec. 11, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday Dec. 18, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
December 26–Sunday, Shift 1: 8:00am to 4:00pm; Shift 2: 4:00 pm to 9:00pm
December 27–Monday, Shift 1: 8:00am to 4:00pm, Shift 2: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
December 28–Tuesday, Shift 1: 8:00am to 4:00pm, Shift 2: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
December 29–Wednesday, Shift 1: 8:00am to 4:00pm, Shift 2: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
December 30–Thursday, Shift 1: 8:00am to 4:00pm, Shift 2: 4:00pm to completion
December 31– Friday, Shift 1: 6:00am to 4:00pm
The month of July was named to honor the Romans dictator Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC).
In 46BC, Julius Caesar made one of his greatest contributions to history...with the help of Sosigenes, he developed the Julian calendar, the precursor to the Gregorian calendar that we use today.
Canada Day, July 1
Independence Day, July 4
Bastille Day, July 14
Parent's Day, July 25
National Ice Cream Month
National Blueberry Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Picnic Month
National Pickle Month
Flower: Larkspur or Water Lily
…It is the second summer month after June.
…There are many countries which have their Independence Day during the month of July…United States, Belarus, Venezuela, Argentina, Belgium, the Bahamas, and the Maldives.
…The national days for France and Canada occur in July as well.
…July is the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere on average. It is similar to January in the Southern Hemisphere.
…Sometimes the hot, long days of July are called the "dog days of summer".
…It’s sometimes called the Hay month because the grass dries out due to a lack of rain and can be made into hay.
…July's birthstone, the ruby, is often associated with contentment, love, passion, and integrity.
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