January Fifth Sunday Offering Benefits Feed My Starving Children

January’s Fifth Sunday Offering’s focus is on raising funds to help Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to continue to provide nutritional meals to the world’s most vulnerable starving children in these challenging times. For a time in 2020 FMSC had to stop their packing events (including one that was to have been in Delano last June), but they continued to pursue other ways to still provide [...]

November Fifth Sunday Offering

On November 29 th , our Fifth Sunday Offering will benefit St. Stephen’s in Minneapolis. St. Stephen’s mission is to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in achieving permanent, affordable housing. They do this through street outreach, shelter, and housing programs. Like many charities, St. Stephen’s has seen an increase in need due to the COVID-19 [...]

Staying Vibrant! Stewardship Campaign Wrap Up

Staying Vibrant!   This is our calling as a church.   This is our vision as we envision ministry together on into a new year.   This is God's gift to us as a faith community and as individuals--that we receive and share vibrancy as people of Christ. We are filled with faith, hope, and love as together we are a beacon [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Anxiety

Everyone knows what it feels like to be anxious.  This past year and the election week demonstrated that! Below are exerts and information are from "Grace for the Afflicted- A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness" by Matthew S. Standford. This book is in our church library along with many others on a small cart designated as Mental Health resources, available for check-out. [...]

Stewardship Campaign - Staying Vibrant! Week 5

Thank you for your ongoing partnership in the ministry we share here at Light of Christ!    It would be an understatement to say that it's challenging to have a sense of connection through these past many months. And, as we look on into 2021, we anticipate that we will continue to be challenged. But one important point of connection is in our giving. That one decision, that one choice of what to do with [...]

Staying Vibrant! Week 4

Giving is one of the most important expressions of our faith. What we have is valuable. What we have reflects our hard work and labor. What we have affords us to live and to take care of ourselves and our families. As well, what we have gives us opportunity to bless others--to help make important things happen--to "make our mark" in some small but important way out beyond [...]

Staying Vibrant! Week 3

Staying Vibrant. Staying connected. Staying grounded. Staying focused. Staying faithful. All easier said than done!   Staying Vibrant is what we feel the Holy Spirit is stirring us to do--both as individuals and as a faith community. Light of Christ is a place of deep faith, of hope and compassion, of friendship and creativity, of vibrancy. And [...]

Staying Vibrant! What Does That Look Like?

Keeping your relationship with God vibrant...what does that look like for you?  With so much that is compelling and inviting us into new ways of doing things, sometimes important things can seem to get squeezed out.  While our worship experiences together have taken on different patterns, and while work and school are upended or at least changed, and while things as simple as going to the store take [...]

Staying Vibrant! What's Right with the World?

We have choices. What we focus upon matters. Where we place our attention and energies impacts us and the people around us. Where we're looking affects where we go.  Light of Christ is a community that makes a difference. We, you, are the bearers of Christ's light, goodness and love to a hurting world. Staying Vibrant is our theme this fall as we look forward to 2021 together. The following is a link [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Faith Over Fear

Many actors are stoking fear today. For sure, the fear of the virus is out there. But our fears are heightened by those who question the science for treating the virus. We’re denied certainty when we need it the most. Our fears are fueled by the rhetoric of law and order. Our fears extend to the health of the planet. The news shows us thousands of acres of land on fire, glaciers melting, and sea level rising. We [...]

Update on Online/In-person Services

We hope you have all had the opportunity to participate and engage in the worship options that work for you as we seek to stay vibrant as a congregation despite the virus!  We wanted to provide an update of our ministry plans as we know there are questions about worship options such as drive-in and when we may plan to get back to in-person worship.  As a church council, we continue to make decisions keeping [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Suicide Facts and Prevention

Hope.   As a community of faith, our hope is in God's word, love and faithfulness. Hope keeps us going through tough and challenging times.  For people suffering with anxiety, depression or other mental illnesses their hope can get lost. During September, suicide prevention month, we continue to highlight facts and information to raise awareness. This year's theme is -  be the one: [...]