Church Office: (218) 463-2069; Fax: (218) 463-3599
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.moelutheran.com
Pastor Dave Swonger
Deacon Joanne Swonger
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Office & Financial Secretary - Lindsay Paulson
Office hours: Summer hours Tuesday's 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & Wednesday's 9 a.m.-noon
Adult Choir Director - Robb Johnson
Bell Choir Director - Judy Magnusson
Prayer Chain Contacts - Sara Olson and Sharon Pelowski
Facebook - Moe Lutheran Church
Webmaster - Lindsay Paulson
2020 Officers of the Congregation:
President: Tracey Wensloff
Vice Chairperson: Cameron Olson
Treasurer: Terry Lee
Secretary: Lori Weston
2020 Council Members:
Melissa Brandt -- Liaison to Mission & Outreach Committee
Mary Vatnsdal -- Liaison to Stewardship Committee
Tom Johnson -- Liaison to Propety Committee
Jack Swanson -- Liaison to Education Committee
Brad Bassingthwaite -- Liaison to Youth Committee
Scott Vatnsdal -- Liaison to Worship & Music Committee
W/ELCA Co-Presidents: Julie Carlson and Sara Olson
Dear Friends in
As we share this
Advent greeting with you, it seems so appropriate to begin with the
words…”Thank you.” Thank you
for the warm, gracious, and hospitable welcome so many of you have shared with
us during our first days in Roseau. Thank
you for delicious hot dishes of tater tots, pasta, chili and lasagna
that kept us well-nourished as we moved into our new home. Thank you for tasty cupcakes,
sugary treats, and Roseau souvenirs that made us feel loved from the very
beginning. Thank you for
many offers to help us move boxes as we settled into our offices. Thank you for the very generous
financial provision that completely addressed the cost of our move! Thank you for the abundant
greetings offered verbally, online, and with spontaneous visits that have
warmed our hearts as we adjusted to leaving our home of 26 years to embrace
life in a community we already think of as our “home.”
As we step
forward with you into the future that lies ahead, it also seems right to
highlight another word…HOPE. While there
are many themes that can be highlighted during the season of Advent, the one
word that seems best suited to this season is HOPE! A hope that has sustained the faithful
throughout the ages. A hope whose
strength is deeply rooted in God’s proven faithfulness to all people! A HOPE anchored in the truth that our God is
worthy of our trust and is deeply invested in us!
Christmas hymn, “O Holy Night” reminds us of this remarkable truth.
O holy night, the stars
are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth;
Long lay the world in
sin and error pining, Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the
weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;
Fall on your knees, Oh
hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night
when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night,
O night divine.
as we approach the celebration of our Savior’s birth this Christmas…A Christmas
that will be remarkably different…A Christmas marked by COVID-19 restrictions
and many other unknowns…may our thoughts remain centered upon the joy of the first
Holy Night of long ago, when our Savior “appeared.” A truly holy night when a new Light, cradled
in a forlorn little stable in Bethlehem, became the fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams!
And so it
was…that on the night of “our dear Savior’s birth”… “a thrill of HOPE” was
reignited…causing our “weary world” to rejoice!
THANKS BE TO GOD! As God’s
people, may it become so with each of us as we embrace our future in this same
spirit of hope! Let us live into this hope
in these Advent days, as we step graciously and courageously into our new future…together.
& Deacon Joanne