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Life Groups Update by Pastor Mary
May 14, 2015

Dear Friends in Christ, I wanted to give you a bit of an update on how the “Life Group” process has been going here at First English. [READ MORE]

Be at Peace by Pastor Bryan
May 6, 2015

Be At Peace

With summer fast approaching, I offer up this prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love;Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith;... [READ MORE]

Wednesday Worship by Pastor Jeff
April 30, 2015
I am excited about the new weekly worship service at First English! The service is each week ant 6:15 p.m. at the Downtown Site through May 27, then moves... [READ MORE]

Happy Vacation
March 31, 2014
With spring break on the way, I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is preparing for a vacation right now. For me, there’s always a lively mix of excitement over a destination, anxiety over getting all the preparations done in time, and fear of... [READ MORE]

Celebration of Literacy
December 6, 2013
It was a great evening! [READ MORE]

Beyond our Understanding by Pastor Jeff
August 12, 2013

Getting a picture of the Mona Lisa was no easy feat.  The area in front of Da Vinci’s painting was at least 15 people deep.  But I finally did get to see it.  It is intriguing, and one of the mysteries surrounding this painting is that one of Mona Lisarsquo;s […] [READ MORE]

July 26, 2013
...and a different sort of painting [READ MORE]

July 17, 2013

One of my favorite art experiences has been seeing the statues of Vigeland Park in Oslo. The whole park is filled with granite and bronze statues reflecting the circle of life. From birth to puberty to death. A father talking with his son. A woman and man in gentle conversation […] [READ MORE]

July 6, 2013
Our journey has been incredible as we step into week 2 of it.  Lots of walking. Even lots of remembrances here in Europe of July 4th . . . [READ MORE]

Worshiping Other Places
June 27, 2013
And riding my Bianchi Alfana road bike again! [READ MORE]

Sinner/Saint by Pastor Jeff
June 21, 2013
Long, long ago I read a great book “Make Friends with Your Shadow.”  Since then, I have always... [READ MORE]

An Unbinding Kind of Experience by Pastor Jeff
June 11, 2013
You may remember this if you were part of the Unbinding event during Lent. In one of the daily prayer journals, there was... [READ MORE]

Sabbatical Studio
June 4, 2013
Sent my daughter camping without a rain coat... [READ MORE]

Painting by intuition
May 26, 2013
Sabbatical starts... [READ MORE]

Brushing Up Against the Sacred by Pastor Jeff
April 12, 2013
I’m feeling incredibly blessed by the opportunity to take a 3-month sabbatical this summer.  In 2011 First English Lutheran Church and I applied for and received... [READ MORE]

"Thankful" by Pastor Mary
January 21, 2013
Last week was a busy one for me. I had to prepare presentations for confirmation and the new member class, New & Review. There were meetings of... [READ MORE]

Pastor Jeff's Sermon: The Baptism Barrier
January 11, 2013

“The Baptism Barrier” – Pastor Jeff Tengesdal

Have you ever thought of yourself as an evangelist?  You know, an evangelist.  Someone like the guy named Philip in today's reading from the book of Acts.  Someone who shares God’s good news with people who don’t know about Jesus.  Have you ever thought of yourself as someone who tells others about Jesus?  I'm betting many stomachs here just did flip-flops.  There are not... [READ MORE]

"The Cross in the Manger" by Ann Weems
December 21, 2012
One of Pastor Jeff's Christmas favorites. [READ MORE]

"Anticipation" by Pastor Bryan
November 29, 2012
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to wait.  If I’m waiting for a... [READ MORE]

Answering "What's the Point of this Life?" Pastor Mary
October 24, 2012
“If you could ask God any question, what would it be?” A few weeks ago in a sermon, Pastor Jeff asked for responses to that question, and because of that we have received many questions – some light-hearted and others more serious.  [READ MORE]

What Questions Would You Like to Ask God? by Pastor Jeff
October 15, 2012

A few Sundays ago I asked worshipers to write down their questions and place them in the offering plate as an offering of their whole selves to God.   [READ MORE]

"Love Jesus. Live your call.", by Pastor Jeff
September 14, 2012
I can still recall the moment the new mission statement came together.  It was late spring.  The Strategic Planning Committee members were brainstorming ideas.  The mission statement had to be... [READ MORE]

GRATITUDE, by Pastor Jeff
August 23, 2012
Today I found myself thinking of how much there is to be grateful for.  I look out from my office window at the... [READ MORE]

How Often Do We Get Where We're Going? By Pastor Mary
July 17, 2012
If you weren’t at the Wednesday night service on July 11th, you may not have heard about my latest car fiasco. A few of our summer interns and I were... [READ MORE]

The Kingdom is Like a Weed, by Pastor Jeff
June 25, 2012
When St. Paul left Palestine for Corinth, Ephesus, and the other new Christian communities, he didn’t have any idea the seeds God planted in each of those sites were weed seeds.  Yes! . . . weed seeds. [READ MORE]

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