Remembering with Thanks –
First Fruits Commitment Sunday, November 19/20, 2022
The meaning of Stewardship . . . I am sure that your first thought was money. That is not entirely wrong, since how we choose to use our treasure is part of our stewardship of God’s blessings. But stewardship entails our whole life and includes the sharing of our Time, Talent & Treasure.
We will be exploring how developing and living as a steward of God’s gifts can change your life and the life we share together in Christ at Peace. How living a life of faith, gratitude and a growing trust in God will bring you into a closer personal relationship with our Lord.
The weekend of Nov 19 & 20, we will be asking one another to make a commitment of faith, trust and courage to our Lord and Savior as our ‘faithful intents/commitments’ set the foundation for what is possible in our renewed and growing ministry support plan for 2023 here at Peace Lutheran Church. What say you? In response to His many blessings and calling, let us willingly do our part faithfully, with thanksgiving, joy and courage! In all things, including our life of faithful stewardship, may God be praised and glorified!
Please prayerfully consider your response in our commitment to the Lord.
Whatever God leads you to do – do with joy and thanksgiving to God.
Please return the Commitment Card on November 19/20 – Commitment Sunday weekend, during the service, or you may return this to the church office any time (most helpful by Monday, Dec. 5, 2022) thank you.
Please Join Us in Welcoming
Rev. Glenn Meyer
Intentional Interim Pastor
Pastor Meyer will begin his intentional interim ministry (IIM) at Peace on
Wed. July 27th, he will be installed at the 6:30 pm service July 30th.
A ‘brief’ bio (and comments) from Pastor Meyer:
I am the oldest of eleven children and grew up on farms near Creston &
Hadar, NE. I always knew that I would be a pastor/missionary since the third
grade. I attended Lutheran schools throughout my education journey: grade
schools in Leigh & Pierce, NE; High Schools in Seward, NE and Concordia,
MO; College, one year in Concordia, MO and two years in Seward, NE. In
the summers I worked as a hospital orderly, in construction, and as a camp
I was ordained after completion of study at Concordia Theological Seminary,
Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1981. Prior to attending seminary, I received a bach–
elor’s degree in Education from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.
(1977). I met my wife, Susan (nee Bergquist), at Concordia, Seward. We
both worked as camp counselors at Camp Omega, summer of 1978. Sue
is a trained deaconess. Most of her ministry outside of the home has been
as a preschool teacher in our Lutheran schools. She is currently a preschool
teacher at St. Mark Lutheran, Omaha, NE. She also keeps herself available for
anything needed by her mother, Ardis, who will soon be 99, and still lives in
her own apartment in Omaha.
I have been a pastor for 41 years. Sue and I raised three children while I
served churches in Independence, MO, Creston, IA, Glendale, WI, and Fort
Our oldest, Anna is married to Kevin Foley, they have three children. Kevin
recently accepted a call to serve at River of Life Lutheran, in Omaha. [They
are currently living with us in as they search for a home in a difficult market.]
Rachel is married to Aaron Kuehn, they have three children. They live in
Waconia, MN. Aaron serves as the pastor at Christ Victorious Lutheran,
Timothy is currently serving as a missionary/teacher at Concordia in Chaiyi,
Taiwan. He is home for six weeks this summer and then returns, August 9,
for his 8th year teaching in Taiwan.
In July, 2015, I transitioned to becoming a full-time intentional interim
minister for the LC-MS. This allowed us to move closer to parents in north–
east Nebraska. As an IIM, I have served four churches in Nebraska (Fremont,
Lincoln, Fairbury, then Omaha). Covid-19 drastically reduced the number of
opportunities for service the late summer of 2020, and not wanting to retire,
I made myself available outside of Nebraska. I was immediately contacted
by the Northern Illinois District and I accepted a call to serve as an IIM at Holy
Cross Lutheran, Cary, IL. May 1 was my last Sunday, after 18 months serving
as their IIM pastor.
By God’s goodness and grace, each IIM church that I have served is currently
being served by the resident pastor who followed me. I praise and thank
God for this as we currently have a severe shortage of pastors!
I thought that my next place of pastoral service would be much closer to
home, but God had other plans. Peace Lutheran contacted me, the call
committee interviewed me. I am certain that I told them that I had questions
about again being so far from home, but you all were led to call me anyway.
We face challenges at Peace Lutheran, as many faithful Christian churches do
throughout our nation. It is NOT an easy time to be faithful to God, His Word
and our calling as His loving and caring people! I struggled with this call. Your
call and challenges seemed to be a good match to my gifts, but the distance???
Sue & I talked a lot! I can honestly tell you, God did not let me have ‘peace’
until I realized that I was supposed to come and serve among you all as your
Intentional Interim Pastor. Yes, I will need to make certain I spend needed time
at home and I will work out those details with your leadership.
I had plans for this summer, between churches. I knew I needed a longer
break than normal. I planned for things I would be able to get done and better
organized in my ‘home office’. Yet, my summer is going much differently than
I planned. My ‘home office’ is now the bedroom and playroom for three of my
grandchildren. Things I hoped to accomplish this summer ‘on break’ will NOT
happen. But, and we will be talking about this a lot, “Where God leads and
directs us, as His people of faith, we want to follow and we MUST follow!” Our
trust and confidence is in Him and His Word!
In the meantime, know that I am keeping you all in my prayers. You are con–
stantly in my thoughts. I know that there have been many decisions that you
have needed to make and challenges that you have faced. I cannot make those
decisions for you. I do not, yet, really know you or your community. But, once
I arrive, I plan to listen, observe and learn. Together, we will continue to grow
in grasping a picture of what this next chapter in the life of Peace Lutheran is
going to be. My prayers are with you as you face these challenges together and
strive to make the decisions that God is directing for you. Listen to one another!
Care for one another! Honor our God with our offerings of thanksgiving, the
first fruits of His financial blessings to us, as well as our gifts of time and service!
You are brothers and sisters in Christ whom God has gathered together at Peace Lutheran, in the Hutchinson area, for a purpose. Strive to learn and affirm that purpose. Strive to support and encourage one another in your worship together. And, as I often tell people at the churches I serve, “Play nice with one another!”
In anything good that happens, and in every blessing, even in the midst of trial
and challenge, we will praise and thank God! AND we will do all that we can to encourage and lift up one another in the love, hope and promise that is ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior!
Your friend and brother, and soon to be your pastor, IN CHRIST,
Rev. Glenn Meyer and Sue, currently reside in the Omaha, NE area (Bennington).
When not providing pastoral care Pastor Meyer enjoys being home with Sue,
and being active (golfing, walking, gardening, swimming, Table Tennis, etc.) as
well as card and board games. Now at age 65, he is wondering if being in MN
will add (Skiing?, Cross-Country Skiing?, Ice-Fishing?) to the list…… OR, as his
surgeon/doctor told him a few years ago when Pastor Meyer asked him when he might be able to start running again, “We’ll just work on you being able to walk without pain…..”
We’ll see what God has in mind.
May God keep us all in His grace until the day that we shall see Him face to face!