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   Living in a new community always seems to bring new thoughts and questions to my mind. Being in this place, with its beauty and its struggles, at this time has brought to mind the following. This is not a sermon. It is not a proclamation of God’s Truth. It is a bit of “wondering as I wander”. I invite you to join me on the journey and share your thoughts with me along the way.

Questions as I ponder Thanksgiving from the shores of Flathead Lake:

Can we find healing and hope in an acknowledgment of our past?

Can we remember the hardship and suffering that drove those early immigrants to leave behind home and family and everything they knew, risking life and limb in a perilous sea journey to an unknown place?

Can we remember the hospitality and generosity of those who welcomed them on these shores, saving their lives, teaching them new ways to live, in harmony with this land?

Can we acknowledge that our ancestors sometimes treated their hosts unkindly, even cruelly, ripping life and land and culture and dignity from those who saved them and their ancestors?

Can we remember the immigrants who came later, our grandfathers and grandmothers who came to Montana, taking great risks and enduring great loss in hope of better lives for their children and grandchildren?

Can we acknowledge that the land some received as gift was taken unwillingly from others?  From people torn from their nurturing mother, their heritage, their soul? Can we acknowledge their loss, their grief, their betrayal, their sorrow?

Can we have compassion for the mourning that even today comes out in destructive ways? Even if behavior triggered by historical trauma directly impacts us?

Can we have compassion for one another? Can we pray for healing for our people? Both peoples? All peoples? Healing for our land?

Can we acknowledge that there are people today who live with hardship, fear and suffering much like that which drove our ancestors? Can we see them  even now leaving behind everything they know, risking life and limb to travel to an unknown place, seeking new and better lives?

Can we learn from our past to practice humility and hospitality? To seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God?

How to get ahold of Pastor: text or call her cell: 406-560-6371. Send her a message through FaceBook. She comes up as Melanie Martin-Dent. Send her an email at pastormelaniegslc@gmail.com. Sometimes you can even catch her at the church office…but she appreciates knowing when you’re coming.

All Saints Sunday, November 4  We will remember those who have gone before us by lighting candles during communion. Tables of tea candles will line the altar rail. After you have received the sacrament all who wish to light a candle and offer prayer are welcome to do so. You may pray for as many as you wish, but please light only light one candle so we will have enough for everyone.

Veterans Day Worship, November 11: We will honor all who served our nation in our service this Sunday. The Montana Veterans Memorial is inviting all congregations who have bells to ring their bell 21 times at 11 am on November 11, as part of the “Bells of Peace.” We will ring the bell as we depart the service.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship: All are welcome to worship and give thanks to God at our service Wednesday, November 21 at 6:15 pm. We will dedicate our gifts to the Food Bank at that time.

There will be no meal and no confirmation class meeting on Wednesday, November 21.

Looking ahead to Advent: The first Sunday of Advent is December 2. We are looking forward to: 

·         An Advent event at Connections November 26 or December 5.

·         Communion kneeling at the rail Sunday, December 2

·         Return to LBW “setting two” for our worship

·         Soup suppers Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, December 5-19

·         Holden Evening Prayer at 6:15 pm those same dates

·         A Cantata performed by the choir Sunday, December 16

·         more to be revealed

 

Addiction and Faith Conference and other topical discussions:

It has been a busy fall. Rather than attempting to cram one more thing in, Pastor is thinking about having a conversation following worship in the new year, most likely in the Fireside Room during Fellowship Hour. We are anticipating a visit from Margie Fiedler, FLBC Director and Pastor Rob Nedbalek, Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry in the coming year, and may use the same format for conversations after the service. Another conversation could be held about the process for electing a new bishop for our Synod. Please let Pastor know what you think of this idea.

 

The Montana Association of Christians is pleased to announce our annual event MAC Connect, November 10, 10am-3pm in Helena, MT, at the First Christian Church. The event will include inspiring speakers, informative workshops and a look-ahead to our core legislative issues based on Matthew 25:31-45 at the 2019 session of the Montana legislature.

 

 

       

Rev. Melanie Martin-Dent

 


     It is with great anticipation that we welcome Pastor Melanie to be our pastor here at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Polson is such a great place to live, abounding in many of God’s most wonderful natural beauties.  We look forward to hearing your ideas about ministry and outreach, and we hope to work together, with you, as a team as we go forward, united as one body of Christ.  Blessings to you, and may GSLC be a “light shining upon a hill”!