FIRST READING: Genesis 32:22-31
PSALM: Psalm 121
SECOND READING: 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5
GOSPEL: Luke 18:1-8
Everyone is invited to join us for worship at 10:15 on October 20th as we celebrate the 19th Sunday after Pentecost with the Service of Holy Communion. The Children's Talk will be presented by Joyce Palmer, special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir, and the sermon will be presented by Pastor Steve Stutz and inspired by the gospel of Luke 18:1-8.
Adult Sunday School Topic for All Interested Adults on October 13th at 9:15: Symbols for Racism and Anti-Semitism Added to "Hate on Display" Database
A Jewish civil rights group has created a database of hate symbols to assist people in identifying signs of racism and anti-Semitism, and the group recently added a number of new symbols. Since the Bible has given us important symbols such as the rainbow, the branch, the bread and the cross, we need to reflect on the messages we are sending through our symbols. How symbols are used and misused will be the topic of our next class.
We are pleased to welcome Interim Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steve Stutz, to Memorial Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches. Below is a short bio on Interim Pastor Stutz.
Steve Stutz was ordained and entered the pastoral ministry in 1998, serving as the associate pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Big Spring, TX and senior pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Pasadena, TX. In 2014, he was hired as a consultant by the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and has coached 23 congregations through a wide variety of issues related to structure, ministry, leadership, and vision. He is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Pasadena, TX and has been active as a supply preacher around the conference.
Pastor Stutz is a native of St. Louis, MO. He studied at Kemper Military School & College, Northeast Missouri State University, and after leaving the active duty military, received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Combined Arms & Services Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he is currently the Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Direction and Formation.
He and his wife, Krista, have been married since 1988 and are the proud parents of three adult children (Beth, Katie, & Julie). Pastor & Krista both enjoy taking walks with their dog, Dexter, and spending time with their grandson (Noah).