Sunday, August 26, 2018

14th Sunday after Pentecost worship sermon


We Dedicated a NEW CHURCH BANNER today!

The new banner being dedicated today has been given in loving memory of our long-time member Milton "Mick" Meyer (1937-2013) by his wife, Mary Jean, and sons, Tim and Chris. It was hand quilted by Eileen Smith.

Mary Jean and sons, Tim and Chris on the left.  Pastor Laura and quilter Eileen Smith.

Eileen Smith shares with the congregation how she created the new banner.

Pastor Laura Gentry leads the congregation in the blessing of the new banner.

Mary Jean, and sons, Tim and Chris

Eileen Smith and the beautiful banner she hand quilted.
Baptized today is Arzayla Jazealia Hedeman. She is the daughter of Joshua and Courtney Hedeman. Her baptismal sponsors are Kyle and Gabriela Hedeman. With great joy, we welcome Arzayla into the family of God! 






Watch the baptism here

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

LANSING BUTTERFLY PROJECT

Butterflies enhance Main Street in Lansing


Giant butterflies have been hovering over the potted flowers on Lansing’s Main Street. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lansing has created a public art project which they are sharing with the residents and visitors to town. Children and adults have met for several weeks to paint the large wooden butterflies.
Pastor Laura Gentry, an artist as well as the church’s pastor, conceived of the idea and brought the congregation on board to create a public art project which engages people. Many of the butterflies are both motivational and beautiful since they have positive phrases or biblical encouragements on them. The participants have created 19 butterflies to be  displayed in each of the  flowerpots of the downtown district.
The Main Street Lansing Board of Directors was very enthusiastic  about the addition to the flower pots. Through the seasons, the flowerpots have been a fun addition to the downtown sidewalk space, housing Christmas trees in winter. They’ve even been the spot for scarecrows in the fall.
Church member Dr. Mike Schweitzer is a woodworker and was willing to cut out all the butterfly shapes out of thin plywood. After they were sanded and primed, the church people gathered regularly throughout the month of May to design and paint them using weather -resistant paints.
Every butterfly has a different theme and includes a positive word or phrase. This was Pastor Laura’s innovation. She wanted each one to convey an uplifting messages to the people passing by. A few have scripture versus like “Give thanks with a grateful heart” while others have an affirmation like “You are beautiful”. Another states, “Keep Calm, Go Fishing!”, an appropriate phrase for many of the people who stroll down Lansing’s streets and venture out into the river.
The beautiful  butterfly project has been very time-consuming as each one is really comprised of four paintings, one for each side of two wings. Lots of adults and kids as young as five have been working on them. After the initial design, the butterflies receive a final coat, putting on the finishing touches. Soon all of the butterflies will be complete. As each is completed, they may be seen on the church’s  Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lansinglutherans/.
At the end of the season,  the church is interested in having a silent auction and then donating all the proceeds to a local charity. Contact the church at lansinglutherans@gmail.com for more information.
Each  butterfly is pictured below.
AMAZING



BEAUTIFUL

 DREAMS



BE KIND


SMILE



JOY



SINGING



KINDNESS




CHANGE




WONDERFUL




UNICORNS



GRACE




BE YOURSELF



GO FISHING



COURAGEOUS


GRATEFUL



POSITIVE



PEACE






LOVE




LIGHT