"Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
This month (January 24 and 27) we will again take a little time to celebrate a congregational anniversary – number 146. Typically we fixate on 5- or 10-year increments, but if you know anything about living the faith, you know that making it another year is a milestone.
Our Senior Seminary Assistant, Ben Berger, will be our preacher primarily because he is also a son of the church.
He has been blessed by the congregation’s existence, and we are equally blessed through his service to the congregation. He seemed like an ideal choice.
Measuring the passage of time for a congregation is a bit easier than doing it within families. No one is celebrating a 146th birthday, and no couple is going on their 146th wedding anniversary. Churches however, track such things. On the long wall in the lower level Commons you can find our picture gallery of past pastors and confirmation classes. It is both a walk down memory lane and a reminder of those who came before us, to preserve the ministry of this church.
With the passage of each year we can reflect on how far we have come, and look ahead for what is left to do. Despite all of the changes this congregation has gone through in 146 years, there has been one unmovable constant – Jesus Christ was, is, and shall always be the Savior we proclaim. We have had to do it in hard times and in easy times. It is a timeless and enduring message.
The gallery of pictures, old annual reports, archived congregation minutes, and the edifices of past and present worship facilities in the community remind us of those who went before us, who fought the good fight and who have kept the faith. God and his Word have always been our congregation’s foundation. The men and women of the past have been God’s instruments to preserve and pass down the heritage of allegiance to our faith.
We will continue observing the longevity of the congregation with thankful and vigilant hearts. Every fifth year we will have an even bigger celebration. Nothing, however, compares with the magnitude of what we are all about – preaching Christ for the salvation of the world.
May our names on the rolls and in the galleries of this congregation remind future generations of our own allegiance to the truth and our commitment to sharing it to the community and beyond.
~ Pastor Robert Fleischmann
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8