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October 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

“We’re having a Party….

…..and you’re all Invited!”

On Sunday, October 20th, we are having a party to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the “Dedication of our New Sanctuary.”  For many of us, it is really hard to believe that ten years have passed since all of our hard work finally led to the Dedication of our new worship space, including the sanctuary, narthex, chapel, sacristies, offices, and nursery.  That Dedication was the culmination of a twelve year building program that spanned from 1997 to 2009.  It was called:

“Rejoice and Proclaim Christ…

For all Generations”

All of the delays and challenges have been well documented.  Also documented was the perseverance and generosity of our congregation that refused to give up, even when the going got tough.  God has truly blessed us with a wonderful worship space, which is even more beautiful today than it was on October 17, 2009.  In those intervening ten years, we have added stained glass windows, paraments, banners, a piano, and much more.  On that Dedication Day, it all was so new, and none of it felt like our home.  Today it is our home, made so by your faith and commitment to our Lord and this congregation.

On that Dedication Day, the ushers told me we had 400 people at worship on that Saturday afternoon.  Our former Bishop, Robert Rimbo was present to lead in the Dedication.  We had community, political, and religious leaders present too, to wish us well.  The very next day, we gathered for Sunday worship, and we have not stopped for ten whole years.

On Sunday, October 20th we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary at both services.  I am pleased to announce that our brand new Bishop Paul Egensteiner has agreed to be present and be the preacher for this Anniversary.  He became bishop on August 1st, having been elected at the Synod Assembly in May.  An official Installation will not be until November 16th, but I am delighted that he will be with us for both services to mark our special milestone.  I have known Bishop Egensteiner since we were both students at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  I graduated in 1982, and the bishop was two years behind me, and graduated in 1984.  We both came to New York for our first calls, and have not left!  He is a wonderful man, and faithful servant of Christ, and I know you will enjoy hearing him and meeting him.

The day, however, is not just about the Bishop’s visit, but our celebration of ten years of blessing.  That’s what our new sanctuary and building addition has been, a blessing from God.  Now that we have it, we can’t imagine what life was like without it.  Some of us do remember, and we are all filled with thanksgiving, awe, and wonder.

Our worship on Sunday, October 20th will include special music and a special 10th Anniversary presentation.  There will be a special coffee hour reception following both the 9:00 and 11:00 AM services.

Ten years later, we are still doing together what we promised to do.  We are still at work to:

“Rejoice and Proclaim Christ…

For all Generations”

Yes, the church is for us today.  But we are also making a home where future generations will gather to praise and worship Our God, whom we know through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Please join us on Sunday, October 20th.  Not to congratulate ourselves on what we have done, but to give thanks for the work God has accomplished through us all.  God is good.  All the time!

In Christ,

Pastor Rustico +