Saturday Traditional Service @ 4:30 pm
Sunday Contemporary Service @ 8:15 am
Sunday Traditional Service @ 10:30 am
Sunday School/Table Talk @ 9:20 am
The Owls group normally meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:30. Our next lunch will be on April 8th.
We enjoy a light lunch together, share a devotion, and relax with conversation. This group is for any woman who has lost a husband, recently or years ago. It is a time for sharing, fellowship, and support.
Men's Breakfast meets the last Saturday of the month. Our next breakfast is Saturday, April 25, at 8:00 a.m. at church. See you there!
Senior Fellowship Lunch meets on the third Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. All "seniors" are welcome. Our next gathering will be April 17th. Please join us and bring a friend! Contact Jim Daack for more information at (563) 580-0860.
The Women's Bible Study afternoon group meets once a month. Our next gathering is Thursday, April 23rd at 1:30.
Thursday evening Women's Bible Study meets next on April 16th at 6:30.
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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Lent noisy offering project for the Dubuque Blessing Bags. This group puts together bags of basic essentials to be given through the Dubuque Rescue Mission to those who are homeless or less fortunate throughout Dubuque.
In addition to the noisy and Sunday School offerings to purchase items to complete bags, we've been collecting actual items throughout Lent to put in the bags.
Here's some of what we collected!
3rd Sunday in Easter, April 12, 2015
By Pastoral Intern Daniel Flucke
So here the disciples find them on Sunday evening, hours after the Resurrection, hiding in a locked house, afraid of being arrested, not knowing what to do next. But Thomas wasn’t there, and when they told him Jesus had appeared to them, he doubted.
I think Thomas is one of the most honest people in the Bible. I wish we all could be so honest about our doubts. I wish we trusted each other as much as Thomas must have trusted the other disciples. I mean, think how difficult it would be to be the one guy who stands up to tell the others that he doesn’t believe what they believe.
As Christians, we remind ourselves over and over that we can’t earn our way to heaven, that we can never be good enough, that we are saved through faith, not works. But then we can fall into the trap of making faith into a work! Do I have enough faith? Have I believed enough? But remember Luther’s most important revelation. Faith is a gift of God, not something we can get for ourselves.
What I appreciate about doubting Thomas is his honesty and willingness to speak his doubts. And he wasn’t the only one who doubted. Remember, when the disciples were gathered together that first day without him, Jesus came and showed them his hands and feet so they could believe. It’s our nature to want certainty, but certainty is not faith.
I believe one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the freedom to explore questions of faith, to live the questions of life in community, here in the church. We confess together, and we declare our creed together. In the midst of the fear, the very real struggles of life, in times of crisis in a hospital bed, when you hear a loved one or a friend has died, when you wonder if God hears your prayers, when you worry about your family, even in the mundaneness of every day life, we belong in community, free to doubt, to explore, and to believe together with each other, to support each other in our doubts and in our faith.
Doubt is not a symptom of unbelief, but rather a symptom of faith. Faith is trusting, but trusting requires questioning. Theologian Paul Tillich once said, “The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty.” I saw another quote this week that said, “Faith is not the absence of doubt. Faith is doubt with a positive attitude.” May we believe and question together as the church. [read more...]
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