Prairie Wind 

Evangelical Lutheran Parish


 

212 N Eisenhower

Junction City, KS 66441

785-238-6567


Sunday Worship 9:00am

Coffee Fellowship

 following 

Children's Time during Worship






Marion Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church

1809 B. Ave.

White City, KS 66872


785-482-3830


Sunday Worship 11:00am

Sunday School for children: 10:30 am





   






Dear February Saints,

Each February we look at our calendars and take note of some very important dates. Well, I do anyway. First Emily’s birthday, my dad’s birthday, Valentines’ day and then Ash Wednesday. The first two, only I am responsible for. The next two, are on all our calendars.

One of them, although commemorating a Saint, has become. The other begins our season of preparation for Easter. Valentine’s’ day is a wonderful time to remember the power of love and relationships and crushes and maybes, and our flower shops and card companies do quite well. It is a fun holiday for most. Both those in long lasting relationships with life long partners and those without find joy in the day celebrating those they love. And then, not long after, is Ash Wednesday. A day for the church to remember our sins and start the journey to understanding the cost of our salvation. The interesting thing though is, both holidays are full rooted in love of God and love of neighbor.

Valentine died for his faith and devotion to God. We are not sure of the particulars, and there are differing versions of his martyrdom, but we do know he was beheaded because he loved Jesus Christ. That love, at least some legends tell us, was then lived out by helping other Christians who face persecution in the third century of the church. He was willing to give all that he had, even his life, for his love of God and neighbor.

Ash Wednesday is also based in this love. As humans we sin, we turn from God, and we also turn from our neighbor. We hurt others in big and small ways. Ash Wednesday marks us deeply and darkly with the cross to remind us of the price Jesus paid for our forgiveness. Through our faith, this causes us to seek the good of our neighbor, to love them as ourselves.

Take the time to observe both February holidays and celebrate the love you have for other and the love they have for you on the 14th and then, join us in worship on the 26th as we celebrate the greatest love of all. God’s for all God’s people.

 

Pastor Anita

 


                                    




            


Mission Statement
We have benefited greatly from the gifts of God's love, peace and joy through Jesus Christ.  In grateful response we seek to share these same gifts with others, inviting all people seeking meaning, purpose, and community to a new life in Christ. 

See more of our beliefs and practices at www.elca.org

      "Next to faith, this is the highest art - 

to be content with the calling in which God has placed you.

___Martin Luther  1483-1546