"May you believe the truth about yourself always, no matter how beautiful it is"
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That God is still speaking, that grace is amazing and failing is a way of finding God.
Our young people that they possess gifts for the mending of the world, right now.
Hymnbook songs, rhythms from Africa and Taize chants from Europe, melodies from Central America, gospel songs from America.
The wonder of the child with the wisdom of the elder and mentor each other in holy questioning and hope.
Babies (and remind each other) to believe the truth about themselves always - no matter how beautiful it is.
People for what they are doing in their daily lives - convinced that God needs us more in the world than in the church building.
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It is good to savor the story we live from in this place.
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What does it mean that you are a Lutheran church?
We are a congregation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
- We stand in a Lutheran tradition which goes back over 500 hundred years.
- Our Lutheran way is open minded, open hearted and musical.
- Our trust in one another is centered in baptismal promises, to believe the
truth about ourselves and one another – no matter how beautiful it is.
- Our governance is deeply communal, deliberately discerning; council
members in this church are nominated during worship each fall.
- We are politically purple — and see our diversity as a gift.
- Lutherans are mystics, at ease with mystery, ambiguity, and imperfect truths.
- We value humility and we are at our best when we are human and laughing,
erring and willing to be fallible, falling down and getting up again, inspired by
the God of second chances for those who keep flunking sainthood.
- Lutherans stand in loving opposition, to those judgmental, end of the world
focused churches. Instead we are prisoners of hope, drawing our circle of
inclusion wide - living by grace
You have a Peli Preschool and Family Center. What does Peli mean?
Peli was the name of a pelican puppet that was a prop for a giving campaign
in the early 1990’s. Yeah, that campaign did not last long but we built a whole
educational ministry around that goofy puppet of a bird.
You have your own cemetery?
About the same time we launched our preschool we also decided to accept a donation of farmland and develop a cemetery. In the beginning we thought it would be a holy space to honor our elders as they eventually passed through death into our Lord’s eternal care. But when several of our first burials were children we learned lessons on the preciousness of life. Now each Memorial Day over 100 of us gather at our cemetery to teach our children how to honor those saints who have died.
I am spiritual but not religious. My past relationship with organized religion has been… complicated. Would I be welcome at PoP?
Welcome? You would fit right in as we appear to be as disorganized as they come. Actually we are people who strive to be led – by the Holy Spirit - and sometimes the Spirit’s leading escapes our logic.