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May 2020 Newsletter

Aurora Lutheran Church

Feeding Body, Mind, and Spirit with the Love of Jesus

He is with us!

Jesus Christ is risen! This is amazing news and it changes everything. Jesus endured the darkest of this world. In Holy Week we stand witness to betrayal, insults, torture and death. Through it all, Jesus displays the same compassion and forgiveness he shared throughout his ministry. Yet death has no power over him. When he returns, he is cooking fish on the beach, calming freaked out disciples in the upper room, or walking with those on the road to Emmaus. Some reacted by worshiping, while others doubted, but all were welcomed by Jesus. His comeback tour is one full of final lessons, forgiveness, blessing and commissioning.

As the disciples go about their lives, they are asked to continue the work of Jesus. To continue helping people learn about God and inviting them into the promises of love and forgiveness found with the waters of baptism. Jesus tells them to do all that he has commanded. The greatest commandment he gave was to love God and to love your neighbor.

Each disciple, like each one of us, possesses different gifts to live out this mission in the world. When we seek to invite others to know God, it might look like sharing a faith reflection on Facebook. Maybe we love God by giving thanks each day and inviting God to be a part of our lives. We are empowered to take part of God’s work in this world and, through it all, Jesus keeps his promise to always be with us.

This message is taken in part from the May 2019 Aurora Newsletter

Gracious God, it is good for us to gather as your beloved in community. We treasure your presence with us in word and meal, song and prayer. Be with us in these days when gathering together as often as we would like is not possible. When we must be apart for reasons of safety, we trust that you surround us with your sheltering wings. Encourage us in connecting as we are able, reaching out to our neighbors in need and being persistent in prayer. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our constant companion. Amen.
(ELCA, Prayers for Times of Public Health Concerns)
Worship Services are Cancelled Until Further Notice
Confirmation Sunday and Graduation Sunday are postponed for a later date.
Activities are also cancelled until further notice.
May's council meeting could be held remotely.
 
Even though we can't worship together, we can still worship. Please take a few moments every evening at 6:00 to pray for our congregation and community.  Imagine what we can accomplish together through prayer!
Announcements
Interim Pastor
An interview was conducted with an interim pastor candidate, and the pastor has verbally accepted the call!  The pastor could potentially begin on June 1, but more information will be shared as it becomes available.

Online Giving Option Available
Our online giving form is up and running! If you'd like to continue giving to the ministry of Aurora even though we haven't been able to come together for worship, you have the option to mail your contribution, or use our online giving link (found on our website) for an easy way to submit your offering. It's super easy!

Thank you to everyone who has given online or continued to send in their contributions. It is greatly appreciated! Even though we are not worshiping, we will soon be entering the lighter summer months and we will be paying an interim pastor. Please continue to give. For online giving, the withdrawal from your checking account (ACH) is a smaller fee, but your credit card also works. Thank you for remembering to support your congregation!

If you have any questions regarding your contributions, please contact our treasurer, Stan Norland: treasurer@auroralutheranchurch.org.

Condolences
Condolences to the families of Joyce Melby and Dean Husemoller who both have been taken to their final home. Prayers are extended to both families.
Resources
Sunday School at Home 
(
www.wearesparkhouse.org/promos/family-sunday-school/)

Worship in the Home
(https://blogs.elca.org/worship/)

Pandemic Hope: A Family Devotional for Life During COVID-19

Coronavirus, Anxiety, Children and the Church
MORE INFORMATION
Click the links below to learn more (e-version) - Items enclosed in the print version

March Council Meeting Minutes
April Council Meeting Minutes
Click here to print this newsletter

Visit our website (www.auroralutheranchurch.org) for more information, including our current council members
     

CONTACT US

Sarah Hoffman, Admin. Assistant
Email: office@auroralutheranchurch.org
Phone: 507-475-3222

Stan Norland, Treasurer
Email: treasurer@auroralutheranchurch.org

     

VISIT US


6329 SE 38th Street
Owatonna, MN 55060

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auroralutheranchurch.org
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6329 SE 38th Street
Owatonna, MN  55060

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