Last Sunday we held Reformation Festival based on St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians 2: 1-10.
We had a joint service at Oak Park for the whole parish. I did have services at Mt. Olive on Sat. with Sat. School. But on Sunday we had one service with the kids singing ELH 72 "Thy Strong Word" and a focus on the power and singular authority of God's Word.
Ragna G.'s daughters donated a stained glass window in memory of their mother. You can find more about her story by clicking this link.
The window her daughters donated was the final window in the sequence of windows at Oak Park.
This trio of windows shows the work of God in Creation and the Law. Another trio shows the work of the Son in Salvation. Another trio shows the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church. At the front of the church the means of Grace: Baptism, the Word, Absolution, and the Lord's Supper are portrayed. The portrayal of the Creed is complete in our windows.
Thank you, ladies, for your wonderful gift.
We also celebrated the complete payment of the mortgage on the parsonage. Pr. Sparley initiated the construction of a parsonage for this parish. This September the parish completed paying the mortgage.
We burned the mortgage in front of the church.
It's really a good thing.