Awesome. Inspiring. Stimulating. Energizing. Refreshing. Joyful.
Can anyone guess what I’m talking about? Our upcoming Wooddale Lutheran Church Concert and our Legacy of Faith Cantata, a powerful and uplifting musical presentation. We are using Legacy of Faith to celebrate our past heritage of 85 years and to deliver a strong message of hope for our future.
Here’s a sample of its strong message: Faith is believing in that which we cannot see, the evidence of things for which we hope. This legacy has been handed to us by our fathers and mothers, and by the saints who walked the paths of promise before us. Our work is to preserve this legacy of faith for those who follow in our footsteps, to sing the song of freedom for all generations.
Martin Luther said: Beautiful music is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. It drives out the devil and makes people cheerful.
Our delightful and cheerful musicale is Sunday, November 9, 3:00 PM, a non-Viking Sunday. All who show up win. That means YOU and YOUR FRIENDS. Do not miss this “make you feel-good” event.
Our talented Wooddale performers are: Luke and Sara Foster, Adam Gedde, Mitchell Von Eschen, and of course, the Wooddale Choir. The narrators, Tres Goddard, Steve Slette and Grace Pelowitz, represent three generations of Wooddale.
There is no cost, however, free-will donations will help support Faith Community Partnership (FCP), a joint partnership and ministry of Wooddale and Spirit of Christ Lutheran churches. FCP, led by Wooddale’s own Kristina Fruge, serves St. Louis Park residents, especially youth, who are in need.
Jean Olson, one of many Wooddalers involved with FCP and Kristina, says this about her: Kristina is a relationship champion. She’s spent the last 5 years developing Faith Community Partnership in St. Louis Park. The goal of this ministry is to empower youth in crisis by providing support and hope through the work of community partnership. Kristina has found her true gift through this ministry – making connections, building trusted relationships and bringing many voices throughout the community together to support ‘our kids.’
Betsy Simons, youth outreach leader at Treehouse has this to say about Kristina: She was the first community member that welcomed me and I felt supported by. She brings the community of St. Louis Park around our ministry at Treehouse. Her communication is vital to this community and builds the bridges that we could never have built on our own.
At Wooddale, we are building on our great legacy in Music & Youth. The Gallup Poll tells us that listening to music and being involved with our children are our favorite activities, ahead of sports.
I see the future of Wooddale as being a church community that can make a profound difference in our lives, and in the lives of everyone – young and old – that we touch and interconnect with.
Let’s use our upcoming Musical Celebration as a liftoff to a great Wooddale future. I guarantee you it will be a phenomenal experience. So get fired up. Have faith. Show up and enjoy.
Click here for the October 9 Wooddale Council minutes.
Click here for the October 19 Wooddale Council minutes.
October Council Meeting Summary:
- Overall we are $27,701 short YTD.
- New pledge cards will focus on Wooddale Ministries thie year.
- Approved increased request for Faith Community Partnership.
- Members are interviewing thriving churches similar to ours to see what they are doing right.
- Approved roof repair. After investigating, realized more work actually needs to be done. Approved new, larger repair and for treasurer to look into loans and executive committee to make final decision.
- Pastoral call committee applications will go out in late November/early December.