Happy New Year

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

From Pastor Becker’s heart to yours…

What do we really mean when we wish one another a “Happy” New Year? It certainly does NOT mean that we will get everything we WANT (which would likely be disastrous), or that we will always feel good, be relatively free of stress and conflict, and that all our plans, hopes and dreams will come true. Sounds like heaven! So what do we mean? Let’s boil it down to this (as Dave Ramsey says): “you can’t have financial peace unless you walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!” Here are some of my hopes and dreams for this new year of grace:


  •  Strengthen Men’s Ministry by having a monthly birthday gathering in addition to the great studies from Lutheran Hour, attracting men who don’t regularly attend Bible Class or Divine Service, or who don’t have a church connection at all;
  • Make more use of our fellowship hall, e.g. offer a service to homeschoolers;
  •  Involve families with young children more often than just at Christmas and Easter;
  • See our average attendance increase to 70 or 80 plus;
  • Grow in our involvement with the men and women of Hay House;
  • Lead a short-term mission trip to an underserved area in North America;
  • Make a pre-Lenten spiritual retreat;
  • See at least five (5) families host neighborhood fellowship events;
  •  Grow in my involvement with the local community.

In addition, we will be having special attraction events throughout the year to introduce our neighbors to our community of faith. The first opportunity will be on Saturday January 18 @ 2:00 p.m. when we will host Mr. Russell Jordan, the area coordinator for Voice of the Martyrs. He will tell us about the realities of the persecuted church, our suffering brothers and sisters around the world, and how we can give them our love and support. Please mark your calendars for this special event, and invite folks who aren’t members of Concordia.

How can you help make these hopes and dreams a reality in 2014? Regardless of what turmoil and distress, pain and confusion the world around us tries to inflict, we have a sure and safe anchor for the soul, the means of grace and the hope of glory in Jesus, in whom we can always sing:

It is well, it is well with my soul!

Pastor Paul Becker