We Are Living Stones

Feb 19, 2017

Category: Witness

Do you know what living stones are? It is the priesthood of all believers, whose faith is in Christ, the chief corner stone,and who then work together to spread the gospel. We are living stones. We are the body of Christ. Many people and many congregations have worked together to help build this community of faith.

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Category: Development

Rachel Kurtz is an incredible singer/songwriter from Minneapolis, with a beautiful voice and an amazing story. Rachel shares personal testimonies of tragedy and triumph with a vulnerability that captivates her audience. Her song “Make A Difference,” unveiled at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, has become a widespread sensation sung by praise bands, youth groups, and school choirs from coast to coast. She has a strong desire to make a difference in the world through her music and a passion for global justice.

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My Special Valentine

Feb 05, 2017

Category: love

God knows that everyone deserves God’s love. As children of God, we don’t get to pick and chose who is worthy. I am so blessed to work with a population that is all too often seen as unlovely and unlovable. I get to join others in telling them that there is a God who thinks they are beautiful and loves them just the way they are, just where they are today. I think that’s a pretty great Valentine’s blessing for all of us, don’t you?

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Category: mission

How is your [donated] money used? It’s used to perform a miracle Thursday night’s at 6:30 PM behind the walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. God meets us not only in the sacraments, but in another place, a promise. In Matthew’s gospel Jesus tells us we will find him in the least among us: the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick and those in prison. This is the secret to the success of the Prison Congregation’s of America model of ministry. We welcome visitors to our worship service each week where they encounter Christ and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they become the face of Christ to those who are in prison.

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Building Bridges

Jan 21, 2017

Category: Leadership

[Ed Nesselhuf] inspired me to do more in my home church here in Chicago. When the opportunity for Bethel Lutheran Church came to be involved in ministry with returning citizens, I advocated for Bethel church to take part in this ministry. Now every Tuesday at 7:30 PM for the past several years, we host a worship service called the Bridge. The Bridge is a ministry of Mission USA that is geared toward men and woman who are returning to the community from prison or in recovery. Bethel hosts the service which in sponsored each week by churches from different denominations. Each week four different preachers minister to the participants on a predetermined topic submitted by the participants followed by a meal.

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Rainbow Reflections

Jan 15, 2017

Category: Hope

Prison is cold. Languishing in a plastic chair, an elbow resting on my bunk's metal headboard, I wistfully gaze through metal bars guarding my cell. Four feet beyond looms an expanded metal mesh barricade between angled iron uprights. All is a uniform gray - the color of fog, dirty dishwater, endless storm clouds... Suddenly a burst of sunlight pierces the clouds, casting beams through the prisms of the glass blocks, spraying dancing, flickering rainbows across the walls. Colors so close, I can touch them - a ray of hope. Colors so bright, I can embrace them - a touch of warmth. A flicker of God's smile! God certainly knows how to gift-wrap his creation.

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Category: Witness

Left alone and depressed in a jail cell in Nashville after getting a DUI, I had no hope to go forward in life. Most of my family and friends had shunned me. I had no one that would take my calls while I was incarcerated...Someone invited me to attend your services who knew I was not doing well. Reluctantly I agreed and went...I felt love, hope, compassion, concern, and most importantly works in the form of action. When you said, “How can I help?” I believed you really meant it...

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And So We Start Anew

Jan 01, 2017

Category: Leadership

Here is what I know for sure: the blessings and challenges that lay before us in 2017 will all be God-driven and God-present. Things will not happen exactly according to our plans, but will happen in God’s time, with God’s guidance. As director of this amazing ministry, I am constantly reminded that this is God’s work, and it is my great privilege to be along for the ride.

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