160 Years of New Beginnings

by Diane Nelson1 2 3Reflection given by Denise Nesmith Sunday, October 5, 2014

Community – a feeling of fellowship with others.
Coming to First Lutheran has become a very important part of my life and my week. I have been a Catholic all of my life and have never really “felt” or have understood the fellowship of church until I started coming here. Over the past 4 years, you have given me the fellowship that has rekindled my faith in God and what it means to be among you each Sunday.

As I am not well versed in Bible messages, I turned to the internet to help me find those that talk about community. I chose this one from Hebrews 10:24-25.
“and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together as in the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

The author who helped interpret this for me states “to stir up one another to love and good works” if we are alone in a Christian life as I felt I was, but to see what comes of those who share together. The Fellowship after service is an amazing part of the community spirit of this church and what a fitting name for the time we can spend together before we go our separate ways for the week only to return to this common location to hear His word again.

He then states the importance of why we “should not neglect meeting together as in the habit of some”. Each Sunday is important to me not only to hear God’s word, but also to see all of you who have helped me renew my Faith. To hear Pastor Jane bring it altogether in a message I can take with me for the week.

“but encouraging on another…” when Mary and I sat in the back of the Church she would talk to me about reading.. being a lector.. I told her I have never been asked or encouraged to participate in the service like that. I now look forward to “my turn” to lector and being a part of it. The challenge from Pastor Jane for the 160th year celebration inspired me to start the clothing drive for the children of Kishwaukee School along with the school supplies.

Finally, coming to First Lutheran has brought peace to my life. This community, that some of you have been a part of all of your lives and you see as just a few in fellowship truly has the power of so many blessings so unexpected for me.