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Chicago, Illinois 60630-2431

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A Word From Pastor Joyce

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

New life! Crocus and daffodils are breaking through the surface of the ground. Trees are starting to bud. The days are getting longer. The sun is finally shining more.

New life! We have a dream. We have a vision. We want to grow. We want to become . . .
A faith community that engages people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in a rich variety of worship styles, education, and service opportunities.

New life! There is excitement in the air. We have a renewed sense of mission: “We are dedicated to bringing Christ’s message to all.”

We have identified three clear and solid values:
✠ “Faith” - God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to die so
that we would have life eternal (John 3:16). We nurture our faith
through worship and education.
✠ “Family”- Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; we
are the family of God.
✠ “Caring”- Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39)
Caring inspires our ministry. We aim to assist and encourage
people to live out their faith, to provide ministry opportunities and
to reach out to serve the needs of all.

New life! 57 people gathered to experience the first “A Joyful Spirit” contemporary style worship service. Many who came were members curious about the service. There were about seven guests.
Hopefully we will be able to attract more guests as we continue our “experiment.”

New life! 152 people gathered to worship on Palm/Passion Sunday Weekend.

New life! The power of the risen Christ was present as 164 people gathered to to celebrate the empty tomb - - - the empty cross - - - new life!

The power of the risen Christ is bringing new life to Trinity Lutheran Church. I am experiencing gradual change in your midst. I am seeing more smiles. I am sensing enthusiasm. I am witnessing greater support as I seek volunteers to engage in ministry to the homebound. Change is happening. And, change needs to continue to happen - - - in all aspects of congregational life.

We live with change in our daily lives on a regular basis. Change needs to happen in the church as well. Change is challenging. Change is also life giving. It is as the bulb experiences change that the beauty of the crocus or daffodil is enjoyed. It is as the earth changes position in relation to the sun that we begin to enjoy the warmth and beauty of a spring or summer day. It will be as we continue to experiment with worship style changes that we experience a newness in our church life. It will be as we experiment with changes in educational offerings that we experience a newness in our church life. It will be as we experiment with changes in our space and its use that we experience a newness in our church life.

New life! The power of the risen Christ is in our midst.

Here are some quotations about change for you to ponder:
• “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind.
To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get
worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better.
To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make
things better.” (King Whitney Jr)
• “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
(Norman Vincent Peale)
• “This (change) isn’t good or bad. It’s just the way of things. Nothing
stays the same.” (RealLivePreacher.com)

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Peace and joy, Pastor Joyce

04/25/2007