Meet Our New Pastors

You have an opportunity to meet Lead Pastor of Interim and Administration Mike Greenwalt and Lead Pastor Kim Latterell at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 via an online meeting. Please join us, as our new pastors share what they discern their mission and ministry to be in our midst.

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Another Interim

“Another Interim” • Devotion by MVLC Church Council Vice-president Bob Linden

After his suffering [Jesus] presented himself alive to [the apostles] by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

—ACTS 1:3-5

Some of the toughest times in life are the “interim” times. People in business who have been appointed to temporary management positions have discovered it is very difficult to function in that capacity. Most of us find that these kinds of times in our lives—times when we’re waiting for things to transition back to “normal”—can be difficult to get through.

Jesus’s disciples were faced with one of these periods between the time when Jesus rose from the dead and when the Holy Spirit came to them fifty days later on Pentecost. This was probably a trying and puzzling time for Jesus’s followers. They experienced Jesus’s ascension into heaven, which certainly would have been a faith-strengthening event, but still they had to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit’s arrival.

Waiting in Jerusalem may have been something they wanted to avoid altogether. After all, the intense spectacle of the crucifixion was still fresh on everyone’s mind, and—not wanting to suffer a similar fate—blending into the countryside would have been nice.

Like the first disciples, we live in an in-between period, too—the time between our Lord’s initial coming to earth and the time when He will come again. In a sense, this is a difficult period for us as well. But just as our Lord told His disciples what they were to do in the meantime, so He has instructed us on how we are to live in our interim existence.

We are to devote ourselves to prayer and the study of His Word (see Acts 6:4), and we are to be His witnesses in the world (see Acts 1:8). If we live now according to His will, then our lives will be meaningful to us and will be lived to His glory.

For us in the present age who live between our Lord’s first arrival and is future return, waiting for His second coming is not to be a time of passive inactivity. Rather, it is to be a time of doing His will and spreading the Good News of Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, as we wait for the coming of Your kingdom, make us good stewards of time and the message of life You have entrusted to us. Gracious God, we celebrate our common calling to serve Christ and celebrate the call of our interim pastors to churches where you are leading them.

We give You thanks that You have called Pastor Mike and Pastor Kim to this special ministry at Mt. View Lutheran Church.

May Your grace and love be with these servants and this congregation that they serve. May all that they do be for the glory of You and for the continuing of Your kingdom among us.

May they find strength as they continue to minister with patience, love, wisdom and joy. Guide us in ways that, as a Community of Christ, we support them in their special work.

In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Image: “Pentecost,” photograph of a stained glass window from St Aloysius’s church in Somers Town, London, by Fr Lawrence Lew, www.flickr.com/photos/paullew/3580235485 [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0)].

VBS Videos

Links to “God’s Good Creation” VBS Theme/Bible and Critter videos are available at 8:00 a.m. (and after) on the day for which they were created. The music video for the week is available at all times.

Monday, July 6, 2020 • DAY ONE

God Created the World

VIEW the Theme/Bible Video for Day One.
VIEW the Critter Video: Goats.
VIEW the music video for the week, “God of Creation.”

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 • DAY TWO

God Can Use You

VIEW the Theme/Bible Video for Day Two.
VIEW the Critter Video: Chicks.
VIEW the music video for the week, “God of Creation.”

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 • DAY THREE

God Made Everyone Different

VIEW the Theme/Bible Video for Day Three.
VIEW the Critter Video: Bees.
VIEW the music video for the week, “God of Creation.”

Thursday, July 9, 2020 • DAY FOUR

Jesus Uses Us

VIEW the Theme/Bible Video for Day Four.
VIEW the Critter Video: Fish.
VIEW the music video for the week, “God of Creation.”

Friday, July 10, 2020 • DAY FIVE

Working Together

VIEW the Theme/Bible Video for Day Five.
VIEW the Critter Video: Pigs.
VIEW the music video for the week, “God of Creation.”

Lenten Daily Devotional • 04/02/2020

Devotion from Julie Williams, originally written for a meeting of the Mountain View Lutheran Church Council.

I have heard the work crazy spoken in a variety of conversations and/or instances in the past few weeks as we all react to the current circumstances we are facing, let’s face it this is an unprecedented time for all of us.  Whoever thought we would have to restructure worship, be ordered to stay in place, see businesses and schools closed.  It is a crazy and mind-blowing time.  We struggle with adjusting to our new normal.  We struggle to minimize fear and admit that we have minimal control over this virus.  We fight fear and depression and struggle to find joy or a sense of hope in the darkness.

I pulled out Pastor John’s prescription of scripture that he provided to Mark and me during our cancer journey and under the title “Protection Psalm” is listed Psalm 70.  It reads:

Be pleased oh God to deliver me.

Oh Lord make haste to help me!

Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life.

Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.

Let those who say, Aha, Aha!  Turn back because their shame.

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.

Let those who love your salvation say evermore God is great.

But I am poor and needy, hasten to me oh God.

You are my help and my deliverer.

Oh Lord do not delay!

In my research for this devotion, I found the following article by Tavier Westbrool, entitled “Feel Like the World has Gone Crazy?”

It states:

With eroding morals, dirty politics, rampant racism and corruption (and I am adding, a pandemic) it feels like the world has gone crazy, but you don’t have to.

Protect your peace.  When the world threatens to disrupt your peace, remember the words of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  In John 14:27, he said, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Guard your thoughts.  If your brain is cluttered with the wrong things, this adds to your stress.  Do what scripture prescribes and change what you’re thinking about.  Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Talk to God about it.   Instead of taking your gripes to social medial or becoming consumed with the latest insane and inane gossip and foolishness, take your issues to the Lord.  Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray continually.”

Stay busy minding your own business.  There’s an old saying that goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”  On the other hand, when you occupy yourself with the affairs of your own household, you’ll be better off.  Don’t be the people about which 2 Thessalonians 3:11 says, “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”

Seek opportunities to do good.  There’s enough bad happening in the world, so be intentional about spreading goodness.  This pleases God and makes you feel great too.  Galatians 6:10 says: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” 

Be a light in the darkness.  Why let darkness frustrate you when you can be a bright light that chases the shadows away?  Isaiah 58:10 says, “[A]nd if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”

Remember, times like these have been prophesied:  God is not surprised by this chaotic world where many are self-seeking, rebellious and depraved.  2 Timothy 3 tells you to expect these things in the “last days”.  So how do you handle it without going crazy?  Paul tells Timothy in verse 14, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from you have learned it.” That’s great advice indeed!

Know that God is in control.  Let’s face it:  life feels out of control, especially these days.  But, in the face of political ward and personal crises-despite who’s in the White House, or what is going on in your house-God is in control.  Psalm 22:28 says, “for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”

Expect God to calm the raging storm:  Often God allows stormy seasons to test your faith.  But keep in mind, the same Jesus who calmed the raging storm in the Bible, can do it today, in your household, neighborhood and nation.  Mark 4:39 says, “He got up, rebuked the wind an said to the waves, “Quiet!  Be Still!”  Then the wind died the seas were still.

You don’t have to fight your own battles!  You will exhaust yourself by attempting to fight battles in your own strength.  Lean and depend on the One to whom victory belongs.  Proverbs 21:31 tells you, “The horse is prepared for the battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.”  Trouble may be everywhere, but so is our omnipresent God.  When everything seems to be falling apart, God will hold your mind and entire life together if you trust him.

One bonus scripture to add is found in Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

In conclusion, we as leadership at Mountain View can rely on each other even via Zoom or six feet apart.  But most importantly we rely on our faith and a Lord that calmed the seas.

Peace be with you.

Let us pray:

Lord we acknowledge our fear.  We acknowledge our inability to anticipate what is going to happen next.  We acknowledge our lack of patience and understanding and our feelings of craziness.  In you Lord we trust.  In you Lord we ask for guidance as this leadership is faced with making decisions that are difficult, unprecedented and extremely challenging.  We ask your guidance both in our personal lives and for our church.  Lead us.  Guide us.  Remind us that you will answer our plea for help.  For you are great and though we are poor and needy you are our help and our deliverer.  For that we rejoice and are glad.  Amen.

Image: “Deus in adiutorium meum intende Domine ad adiuvandum me festina,” illuminated manuscript from the Mainz Book of Hours, 1450.

Lenten Daily Devotional • 03/28/2020

Text and devotion selected by Parish Worker Marlene Wright.

Psalm 130

A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities.

Devotional written by Bishop Leon D. Pamphile ’74 of Haiti, Academia (2008)

 “Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem” (v. 7).

In the depth of our being lies a natural craving for certainty. We wish to be sure of the successful outcome of our plans and the ultimate fulfillment of our dreams. We aim to exercise firm control over our lives. Certainty matters for our security as well. Yet our world is manifestly marked by the brutal reality of uncertainties. We cannot rely on our leaders, who too often fail to keep their promises, or on our institutions, which, though they try, cannot offer a foolproof warranty for our safety. In the midst of disappointments and failures, we too often slip in this land of worry and anxiety.

It is reassuring to know that our utter state of disillusionment finds satisfaction in God. The psalmist bids us place our hope unreservedly in the Lord. His recommendation stems from his personal experience with God’s unfailing love. While everything fails around us, we find certainty in his steadfast, unfailing love and his great power to redeem us fully. His loving care from day to day brings reassurance of his abiding presence.

We, like the psalmist, can also find peace of mind in God, who does not keep a record of sins, who hears deep cries for mercy. We can rely on Christ’s promise to nurture our peace: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). What a relief to know Christ as a reliable and faithful burden bearer. Let us learn to lean on him all the days of our lives.

We pray:

Lord, we confess our limitations and shortcomings in all areas of our lives. We too often worry about our future instead of relying on your compassions, which never fail. We humbly invite you to open our eyes to the provisions of grace and mercy available to us in our daily struggles. Please help our unbelief, so that we can find hope in your unfailing love and trust in your grace for full redemption. Be attentive to our cry for mercy, we pray. Amen.

Art Challenge #1

A time of play-prayer: capturing the Vigil readings in art.
(For kids, youth, adults!)

Challenge #1: CREATION

Read Genesis 1:1—2:4.
(It’s pages 2-7 in the Spark Story Bible.)

Think about what you read. Answer questions.
(“Go outside into God’s creation. Look around—God made it all! Say a prayer, thanking God for all of creation.”)

Create a piece of artwork based upon the bible story. Use whatever media you like—crayons, pen-and-ink, colored pencils, watercolor, paper collage, finger paints, snack items, photograph, etc.—and take your time!
(Time is what we have right now.)

Send it to photo of your artwork to Communications Director Troy via email at office@mtviewlutheran.org.

Special Meeting of the Congregation RECAP

Members of MVLC gathered in the Sanctuary on Sunday 2/9/2020, immediately after the second worship service, for a Special Meeting of the Congregation. The purpose was to vote on approving a cell phone tower on the MVLC campus.

President of the Congregation Carol Powers provided a brief history of how we arrived at this point, including a November 2019 informational meeting, responding to feedback of congregational members, and considering various locations for placement of the tower.

The following motion was made and seconded: Should the congregation of Mountain View Lutheran Church approve the design, location, and installation of a cell tower on Mountain View Lutheran Church property as shown in simulated photos for Alt #2 from Tilson Technology? This approval includes authorizing the Church Council to negotiate the terms and conditions of a contract with Verizon Wireless pertaining to the cell tower.

During discussion, questions were asked, which included the following:

  • Q: What will the rental income be? A: $1,200 per month.
  • Q: Do the city and neighbors still have to approve the tower, even if MVLC votes for approval? A: Yes. The City of Edgewood will likely hold a public hearing and will still need to approve the permitting of the project.
  • Q: Is there a limit on the height of the tower? A: Yes. It will included in the contract and any changes would have to be approved.
  • Q: What about access/vandalism concerns. A: The contract should address most of these concerns.
  • Q: Have we checked with other churches/congregations that host cell phone towers on their property? A: Yes.
  • Q: How is the annual increase in the income computed? A: The percentage is spelled out in the contract.
  • Q: Have other locations on campus been considered? A: Yes, but none of them were as suitable, for various reasons, as the location east of the Chapel.
  • Q: Are there any zoning issues? A: None that we know of, since the cell phone tower is not occupiable space.
  • Q: Will Verizon be using our utilities or affecting our septic systems? A: No. They have to restore anything they disrupt. The cell phone tower will have its own utilities, for which Verizon will cover the costs. 

We are not yet at the point of signing the contract. We’ve had many conversations and will continue to do so.

The vote was take by written ballot. 110 approve; 22 reject; 2 abstain; 1 invalid.

The motion passed.

The meeting adjourned.

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