Posts with the tag “hope”
Pastor Khumalo Shaped to Serve
by Miriam Rossow on July 9th, 2020
On Sunday, July 26 Christ Our Savior will have the honor of Pastor Mandla Khumalo and his family join us for worship and share God's word with us. Pastor Khumalo will be our guest preacher Sunday, July 26, 2020.
A New Creation
by Miriam Rossow on May 14th, 2020
As my kids sat over the ashes of their grandfather, I grieved that they had a grandpa that they may not always remember clearly. I grieved that he would not and had not been part of their lives, the special occasions and events. I grieved that he would not be part of their everyday life. I grieved that he was not part of our living in his house again and watching them grow. I rejoiced that he was not battling cancer any longer. I rejoiced that he was at rest. I rejoiced that he would one day no longer be ashes. He and others that I love and that you love, and us if we die before Jesus comes again, will be raised.
Bearing One Another's Burdens
by Miriam Rossow on May 7th, 2020
The pandemic for the under-resourced Family of God congregants means another ‘rung down the social and economic ladder’. Already in a place that nobody wants to be in, life just got harder. The ‘luxury’ of sitting down and eating their one decent meal a day inside the church building and being able to rest in the hearing of God’s Word has evaporated for the time being.
Emotionally Settled? How are you doing?
by Miriam Rossow on April 24th, 2020
Being under quarantine with heavy social restrictions might be physically health-preserving during this time of a serious, highly contagious disease spread, but it is not emotionally healthy. We humans long for human contact. When God created man, He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
Blessings in Belize
by Miriam Rossow on April 16th, 2020
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 The above mentioned Bible verse was used in two of our devotions during the trip. This was only my second mission trip but in both cases I was struck by our mission team. This is a group of fellow Christians who live together, work together, eat together, pray together. A week could be a long time to be in constant contact with a group of virtual strangers. It was a true blessing.
Loss and Gain
by Miriam Rossow on April 7th, 2020
So much has been lost because of this pandemic. So many people are grieving relationships that have been affected as we seclude ourselves, people are sick and even die. People have lost work and income. People have lost activities and vacations. Amid the loss there have been things that have been gained.
A Different Holy Week
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
This year will be different. This year we find ourselves in a place that we have never experienced. We have never found our selves in a time when for the safety of the people we as a church have been asked to not gather together. It may feel like a violation of our rights (we can discuss that at a different time), but for now the right thing to do is to follow the recommendations and stay home. The right thing to do feels very strange and unknown for us.
Count Your Blessings
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
It is easy for people to become bitter and frightened in these circumstances and many will blame God. God’s Word tells us of a better way. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17). These verses give us actions that will enable us to overcome the worst circumstances.
Family of God vs. Coronavirus
by Miriam Rossow on April 1st, 2020
By Rev. Tyler Cronkright As if Family of God wasn’t unique enough. As many churches are taking a break from regular gatherings, Family of God has followed suit and has had to get creative with the ways that we do ministry on a regular basis. Our fellowship hall, which regularly held close to 100 people on any given night, is empty. Our beautiful sanctuary, where many people gather every Wednesday ...
Worship, Activities, & the Coronavirus
by Miriam Rossow on March 16th, 2020
At the same time, we want to take heed of what is being advised by those in authority. We want to care for our neighbors by not sharing germs unnecessarily. Your Pastors, staff, and leadership do not take any of these decisions lightly. We understand and want you to understand that we believe sharing Word and Sacrament ministry is important, beneficial, and necessary. We will continue this Word and Sacrament ministry although we do not know what it will look like right now. We have a desire and commitment to serve our church family and those that are in our community with the life-giving message of Jesus, in Word and deed. We believe that we can both serve our family and community while also being considerate of our neighbors. Until further notice we are suspending all our weekly activities including our Wednesday Lenten meals and services as well as Sunday morning Worship, Sunday School, and Bible Study.
Our Response to the Coronavirus
by Miriam Rossow on March 13th, 2020
While on this earth, in the middle of sin, brokenness, and illness, we are called to trust and hope in Jesus as our strength and provider and we are called to care for and love all of creation. As this virus spreads, we are called to heed the advice of those placed around us. We are not called to panic or lose hope. We know that this virus is spread through personal contact. We also know that those with compromised immune systems and who are elderly are more susceptible to the adverse effects of the virus. Christ Our Savior has put into effect some measures to help stop the spread of the virus as best we can while also keeping our trust in the Lord.
by Miriam Rossow on March 5th, 2020
Recently I have worn this hat more than any other in my regular rotation. I wear it to constantly remind me of the grace and mercy that God has shown me through His Son Jesus Christ. I have found that it holds me accountable to the things that I say and do, especially as I pastor in a very difficult place with Pastor Hill. We don’t talk much about the struggles about Family of God. You can read more about that in the book that I will write in a few years, assuming I can get Pastor Hill to write the forward. But these next few lines are a few of my confessions as an inner-city pastor.
Source of all Comfort
by Miriam Rossow on March 4th, 2020
Please remember that we who take refuge in the Lord are not exempt from these kinds of dangers, including the coronavirus and many others. We, like all the rest of creation, are living in a time where sin has a hold on us. Hurt, sickness, pain, brokenness, and even death are part of our everyday lives. Even in the midst of our sin and the brokenness of this world God promises to be with us.
Mobile Compassion Ministry
by Miriam Rossow on February 6th, 2020
Saturday, January 18th, most of us woke up to 3"- 6” of snow. I know it took my son-in-law and I three hours to dig out at my house. I imagine you might have had similar experiences. As things happened, that same day was the inaugural run of the mobile compassion ministry at Family of God. Things did not go exactly as planned but the team adjusted and prevailed over the weather.
How Will They Remember Us?
by Miriam Rossow on January 31st, 2020
Have you ever wondered how you would answer that question? What do you want people to remember about you when you’re gone? Is it an important question to ask or does it reek of self-centeredness? Does it really matter how other people perceive you?
Care, Support, & Hope for the New Year
by Miriam Rossow on January 9th, 2020
Christ Our Savior wants to support you in your everyday life and especially in the situations when life becomes difficult. Jesus put us together in a community to support and love each other. He has given us each other as a way to share Himself with us. As we support, encourage, lift up, and help each other we are sharing Jesus and His love.
Look Back at a Decade
by Miriam Rossow on December 31st, 2019
As we move into 2020 we wanted to take a look back at a few highlights from the past decade. Enjoy a glimpse of what God has done at Christ Our Savior these past 10 years and look ahead with hope at what He will do in the coming years. ...We look forward into this new decade with a knowledge and hope that Jesus continues to guide us as we continue to follow where He leads.
CHRISTmas Blessings 2019
by Miriam Rossow on December 23rd, 2019
Saturday, December 21 Christ Our Savior opened up their doors to the community. We served over 300 families as we handed out baskets of non-perishable food, hams, and rolls.
Conversation with Vicar Tyler Cronkright about Family of God
by Miriam Rossow on November 22nd, 2019
Vicar Tyler Cronkright sat down with the Michigan District this last summer and shared about the ministry at Family of God. "Why are you helping someone like me? In that moment everything stops and we share the love of Jesus in that moment." Vicar Tyler
Let's Talk About Suicide and The Cross
by Miriam Rossow on November 20th, 2019
We need not fear talking about suicide, though. In fact, one myth that is often promoted is that if you talk about suicide with people who are depressed (or with anyone at all), this will get them to consider it themselves when they would have never considered it otherwise. On the contrary, not talking about suicide with those who are at risk leaves them isolated from voices of compassion and love—voices of concern and truth that they desperately need to hear.
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
by Miriam Rossow on November 4th, 2019
During the holidays it can be difficult to join in the joyful and happy emotions people are feeling during the holidays. People are sharing special times and making memories and that can be difficult to participate in after losing someone close to you.
The Faces of Family of God
by Miriam Rossow on October 15th, 2019
"Family of God is a beckoning light amidst the depressing bleakness…a place to encounter God, His love, His mercy, His Salvation. "
National Faith and Blue
October 20th, 2021
Fall Bible Classes
August 26th, 2021
Delicate Discussions | Adult Bible Class
May 28th, 2021
Forward in Faith
February 25th, 2021
Purpose Becoming Clearer
February 23rd, 2021
Reflections on the Imposition of Ashes
February 5th, 2021
How to Read the Bible | Adult Bible Class
January 7th, 2021
A Christmas Poem
January 5th, 2021
November 20th, 2020
COS Annual Food Drive
October 16th, 2020
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