Parishioners on Passages 9/2/18

Psalm 16:8

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

There are many things that can trouble our lives, but none that can shake us loose from the grip of God’s grace   Jesus is our Lord, all of life’s greatest blessings lie ahead of us and He will let nothing rob us of this coming glory!

I praise the lord every morning

Throughout the day I communicate His  love.

Bedtime my prayers are full of his glory and thanksgiving.

I end my day with “Amen”  because I am reassured that God has heard me and I sleep better.


Parishioners on Passages 8/26/18

1 John 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John  5 ;12   This statement is both a reminder of God’s glorious grace and also of our need to share that grace with others. Life is such a precious gift, it would be a shame for anyone to miss out.

God gave up the life of his Son so that we may hold everlasting peace

This Son of God is the seed planted in each and everyone of us. With the light of the sun we grow on earth preparing growth  and building a foundation with the word of   God. It is simple. Seek God for he has provide us with the Bible everything we need to know is written to us, for us and because of us. 

We cannot survive without the Son or sun! Both created by God.


Parishioners on Passages 8/12/18

1 Samuel 16:7

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.


A favorite bibleverse  for those of us that are unique.

Oh wait,  God created us all unique with loving hearts!


In God’s name  I pray,

Thank you for your unconditional love and creating me as I am.



Parishioners on Passages-8/5/18

Matthew 5:14-16


[Jesus said] “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”


We can all see the light of God in one another we have to look from with in. Even a blind sees God’s  light. 

We do not need our eyes just the power of belief.


Parishioners on Passages- 8/2/18

Matthew, 19;14


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 


Matthew,  19; 14


I find it very comforting and healing to be around children.

When ever I hear a child cry, they could be crying out of fear, pain, physical needs or confusion.

What ever it may be  and Where ever I may be

I sing in my head the song. Jesus loves the little children. Then within moments the cry calms or softens.

  Try it sometime.


God Said No

I asked God to take away my habit.

God said “No, it is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.” 


I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.

  God said “No, their spirit is whole, his body is only temporary”.


I asked God to grant me patience.

God said “No, patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.”


I asked God to give me happiness.

God said “No, I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.”  



I asked God to spare me pain.

 God said “No, suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.


I asked God to make my spirit grow.

 God said “No, you must grow on your own but I will prune you to make you fruitful.”


I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.

 God said “No, I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.”  


I asked God to help me LOVE others as much as he loves me.  God said … “Ahhh, finally you have the idea.” 


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Parishioners on Passages- 7/22/18

Isaiah 41:10

The Lord says] “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand



I find it a blessing that when I meet some one we shake with our right hands. To me that is a sign of God being introduced without fear.


The Burn Out


When someone is attending a new church, after a few times, they will notice the same people that stand out. These are the people that greet visitors, who take part in helping in the service, who want to get to know new members at fellowship.

Once a person becomes a member and becomes involved in the church, they are usually asked to fill out a time and talents sheet to help determine where that person could take part in the church outside of the church service.

These time and talent sheets help out in a couple of ways:

  1. They create an opportunity for new to meet new people and create friendships.
  2. It helps bring new blood into the committees and different factors in the church life.

Bringing in new blood helps prevent burn out of the people who are currently in these committees. New people bring new ideas and new insight into the church life. If new people do not partake in these committees and groups, the flame on the committee’s candle begins to diminish and burn out and the portions of the church life die with it.

HOWEVER, the flip side to the burn out is that many of us feel burned out in our everyday lives. The hustle, the family, the jobs, traffic, politics, planning…it burns us all out. By becoming active in the church and volunteering on a committee, it refreshes a person knowing that they are giving back to the church and city community.

When a group gets new members and the excitement builds with new ideas, the excitement is infectious! We need to make the snowball and push it down that hill to get the church moving forward!

Consider helping out in different parts of the church. The committees welcome everyone to take a part in their groups to help the betterment of the church! If a person puts in to something, they will get something in return.

The Church’s Annual Norwegian Bake Sale

Lefse. Krumkake. Sandbakkles. Rosettes.

That sounds like Christmas to me.

Why is it that we only bring out our ethnic desserts during the winter holidays? Is it something warm and cozy to heat us up during the cold nights? Is it bringing the memories of our relatives and holidays of long ago? Or is it a great reason to sneak a dessert or two?

When having Christmas dinner at my Norwegian-American grandmother’s house, she would make her cookies that Grandma only had the magic touch to make just right. In her later years, she began buying lefse from the store. I only knew that it was a flavorless Norwegian dessert that you spread butter on topped with cinnamon. But it was a nod to my ancestors and that made it special to me.

But why didn’t she make it? Why didn’t she teach me to make it?

Little did I know that when I was hunting for my next church home that I would learn the secrets behind making lefse and other Norwegian desserts.

While searching for my next church, I browsed webpages, looked for some unique identity, and the warmth that would bring me closer to God.

WelcomeIn our community, we have two ELCA churches: Bristol and the other church, which turns out to be an offshoot of our congregation. But something about Bristol’s community was unique and capturing: the Norwegian Bake Sale.

Bristol Lutheran Church has Norwegian ties going back to its first Sunday as an organized congregation. The church held services in Norwegian until the 1940s before switching to only English.

Although we are an evolving church, an evolving society, and a renewing mindset, we still have Norwegian culture surrounding us in our building. We have signs with rosemaling, potato mashers with intricate handpainted flowers and designs (okay, more rosemaling), and we have Norwegian Bibles on display in our glass cabinets.



The Bristol Lutheran Church Women’s group continues to breathe life into the Norwegian traditions. These women taught me what it takes to make these different delicacies and proved that homemade lefse tastes better than store bought. They introduced me to new desserts that I had never knew of but fell in love with (Mandelkake, the creamy almond cake, is utterly amazing). And most importantly, the women who taught me how to make these just right were doing it out of love to pass on the church’s traditions and through serving others.

Each dessert’s proceeds goes to a different charity in our community. It is a way to give back to the community and to help others by selling the products of our hands, our traditions, and our good will. Many people will benefit from our skills and food.

This will be my second year being able to help give back to the community. I originally signed up to help because I was going to learn the traditions of my Norwegian ancestors and for fellowship> They gave me a gift of family tradition that my grandma didn’t give. However, it quickly became evident that it is much bigger than that: it is another way to help God’s people.

Baking starts Labor Day and goes through the first week of October.

Sign-Ups are in the fellowship area.

The sale is on Saturday October 7th!

The Bill Board

The summer slump is almost coming to an end. We are winding down on our vacations, coming back with sun-kissed skin and refreshed spirits. We are ready to take on the upcoming school year and/or the future snow falls and winter traffic!

That also likely means that we also booked our Sundays with excursions out of town and maybe did not get to church as often as we normally do in the other seasons.

We have families who have registered for Simply Giving, which takes care of our weekly/monthly tithing for us. (If you are interested, please contact the church office for more details!)

If you prefer giving your contributions when the plate comes around on Sunday, we have another method for you to help the church AND keep in line with your pledge: The Bill Board.


The Bill Board is located downstairs in the Fellowship area. Every month, we post copies of the bills that we have received that need to be paid.

These bills can be applied to your annual pledge!

The steps are posted on the board along with the monthly bills.

Although some members might not agree with having our bills posted on the wall, it allows for people to see how much it costs to operate the church on a monthly basis. It gives us ownership for the building we call our church home. Hopefully last year’s financial meetings helped us gain a new appreciation and understanding of our holdings and this helps illustrate that a bit further.

By considering this as a way to give back to the church, it will help us beat the summer slump, especially as we are transitioning into a new era of pastoral leadership!