Since I preached about the four martyred church women in El Salvador, The New York Times published a story that gives the full picture of how those long ago events still reverberate today. “MS-13, Trump, and America’s Stake in El Salvador’s GangWar: U.S. investment is guiding the fight to contain the violence in El Salvador, … More Four Martyred Church Women in El Salvador
by Lise Sveen December 13th is the feast day of Santa Lucia, commemorating Lucia of Syracuse. She was martyred in 304 by Diocletian. Lucia and her mother were nobles. Lucia was engaged to be married to a pagan. Her mother had had a long and serious illness, and Lucia prayed at the tomb of the … More Why Do We Celebrate Sankta Lucia?
On Sunday, November 11th, as a part of our Stewardship focus in November, we worked through an exercise on stewarding our health and families as we look ahead to the reality of our deaths. This exercise is intended as a communications tool – to help us clarify our thoughts and communicate them with family and … More Stewarding our Health and Families
November 2018 Dear Members and Friends of Augustana: As the Augustana community works on our plans for ministry at Augustana in 2019, we also need to think about our personal financial engagement in that ministry. Practically speaking, we need to estimate our income for budget purposes, but just as importantly, this is a time for … More Deepening Roots, Growing Branches, Bearing Fruit
We set our clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 4th.
What a fun Oktoberfest celebration we had last Sunday! Augustana members really stepped up their game with the potluck items they brought – a big thank you to everyone who brought a dish, they were delicious! A word of thanks, also, to the group that organized this year’s event – especially the work of … More Thanks for a Great Oktoberfest!
Lutherans believe in the sainthood of all believers, so every year we remember those who are gone on the first Sunday of November, All Saints Day. If you have lost someone this past year, or if you continue to feel the weight of a less recent loss, please record their name in the Book of … More The Book of Life