Prairie Wind 

Evangelical Lutheran Parish


 

212 N Eisenhower

Junction City, KS 66441

785-238-6567


Sunday Worship 10:30am

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 9:00am







FROM THE PASTOR:

It’s hard. 

To put others before ourselves it not in-line with human nature.  We are more apt to “look out for yourself, no one else will”.  Jesus tells us to “love our neighbor as ourselves”.  But are we to love them more?

 

As a nation, heck, as a world, we are facing challenging times.  We are bombarded with updates on the Corona Virus and protect and riots.  The latest news is our Governor mandating the wearing of mask.  Not everyone is in support of this.  David and I have been lucky to have church members and friends make mask for us and our children.  We have enough for all of us to wear and wash.  We all wear them, not because it is a mandate from the Governor, but because it is a mandate from God.  There are many people who think wearing a mask is not helpful and the people in charge are trying to take away our freedoms.  The arguments against mask wearing are as prevalent as those for it.  Opinions among medical personal have changed.  But like anything, when information changes, we change along with it. 

 

So, just as our church has mandated mask wearing, I hope you follow the directions of the state health officials. 

 

Is it a huge burden?  Yes!

 

Is it uncomfortable? Yes! 

 

They are hot and suffocating, especially in the hot weather and in places that the AC is not adequate.  Glasses get fogged up and they certainly are not attractive.  But, I want to protect myself and more importantly I want to protect others.

 

I know, your freedom.  I hear you now just as I heard you when we talked about motorcycle helmet, seatbelts and speed limits.  But as Christians we are free in Christ.  That freedom opens us, not to be self-absorbed, but to love our neighbor.  Thank you to all who have made and given away mask.  Thank you to all who understand that if we truly “social distance” and wear our mask, we will flatten the curve and work our way through this together.

 

 Stay well,   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. 

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    "“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”

                                                                  __Martin Luther  1483-1546

  
From Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA

June 24, 2020

 

Dear church,


 

 

"ELCA social teaching supports human rights for all people, regardless of their sex (biological), gender, or sexuality. This stance is rooted in respect and welcome for all people as created in the image of God and evident in the ELCA's longstanding commitment to protecting civil and human rights" (Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action, 2019).

As National Pride Month is celebrated across this country, I rejoice in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that employment discrimination on the basis of a worker's sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court's decision is an important recognition of equal protection under the law for LGBTQIA+ people and for all.

LGBTQIA+ people are not faceless or nameless. They are our children, parents, siblings and colleagues. They work hard and pay taxes. They serve in our congregations and communities. Our life together is enriched. They are us. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling brings us a step closer to realizing our founding conviction, "We the people of the United States."

St. Paul writes, "If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it" (1 Corinthians 12:26). The June 15 decision brings the civic body a step closer to the cherished American value of equal rights for all. There is more work to be done to guarantee equal rights for LGBTQIA+ people beyond the workplace — in housing, medical care and military service. We are committed to this work as we celebrate, during Pride Month and all year round, the gifts of our LGBTQIA+ siblings.

In Christ's peace,

Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America