If you are living in Norcross and want to dive deeper into the Word of God, join us on March 15 for the very first Bible Study of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norcross! If you working in the area and get a lunch break, stop in! We will be meeting at the Norcross Community Center at 10 College St. in Norcross every Wednesday at noon. Thanks Dave Koch for putting together this great sign and website!
The Common Places Bible Study
The understanding behind this study is that there are teachings so large, unavoidable, and necessary for every Christian in the Bible that they form the common ground for our life in Christ.
Give praise and thanks to God ! The Lord has called Pastor Charles Kenefke to be pastor of the dear saints at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dahlenega, Georgia! We praise our Lord for His faithfulness! Please keep this the mission of St. Peter in your prayers as well as their new pastor!
In just two days, the Droege Boys will be dropped into parts unknown for the 50 hour survival challenge. No one knows the location at this point except for the Pat and Gail Deluca. Lord willing, the site they choose is in Georgia!
We want to thank you for the outpouring of your love for Christ, His Church, and His Mission to all people. We are presently being shocked by all your faithfulness to support this work to bring the Good News of Christ’s victory into a hurting part of the city. To share this with family or friends, send them to https://thekairosnetwork.org/blog/.
Stay tuned to watch the dramatic outcome of the drop! The Lord be with you!
These kids are not survival experts. Neither is their father. Or Uncle. But the Droege Boys are getting dropped for a second time! The players consist of North Georgia Droegemueller boys (shortened to Droege Boys) along with their Mississippi brother from another mother. Ok. Yes, there are girls involved too. Really cool and tough girls. These girls are cool and tough enough that they willingly support the crazy stuff these boys want to do. And what are these boys going to be doing exactly? They are about to get dropped into the wilderness with practically nothing. But it is for a great cause.
Just to get this out to you up front. We are not interested in complaining about all the problems in the world or ignoring them. We are looking for ways to put our Lutheran faith into action. We believe in the pure truth of the Holy Bible. We believe the Gospel of our Savior Who died for us and conquered death. We believe in God’s miracle-working Word in Baptism. We believe Jesus forgives sins. We believe in a Savior Who shows up for His Church with His own Body and Blood in Holy Communion. And so, it is very easy for sinners like us, who have been saved by such obvious grace, to get into fields and the trenches with the hope we have in Christ. So . . . welcome to Droege Boys Dropped 2020!!!! Are you ready to be introduced to the people crazy enough to want to do this?
The players in this survival challenge are:
Isaac Droegemueller – Age 13
Luke Droegemueller – Age 15
Tim Droegemueller – Age 47
Jay Wendland – Age 56 (This guy on the right looks really professional compared to these other slackers)
The Droege Boys are getting dropped into a remote location in North Georgia that is presently only known by two people. These two people, Pat and Gail Deluca, will be leading the boys into this location blindfolded. Since this is a Thrivent sponsored event and Pat is a rockstar Thrivent agent, they are certainly the perfect people to help. Once the Droege Boys finally arrive at the chosen starting point, the challenge will begin. Survival participants do not get to leave the allotted territory for rescue at any time. Even if they were to run across another human being, they cannot ask for help or receive any. If there is no water, tough! If there is no food, tough! There is no shelter of any kind that the Droege Boys will start with. If they want one, they will have to make one with the raw materials they find around them. Like wood from a tree. Or stones from the ground. They are completely and totally on their own in our good Lord’s rugged creation.
The Droege Boys must survive for 50 hours dependant only on their own limited skills to survive.
Everybody has to stay. If one person cries, whines, and decides to quit, everyone loses.
Each survival participant can bring one item. The item cannot be food. Or drink. Or a tent. Or any bedding supplies. Or a fishing pole. Or anything that makes instant flame. Or water purification tablets. Or any artificial lumination like a flashlight. Good luck and choose wisely!
The Droege Boys will receive two bonus items. One will be chosen by the Delucas. The other item will be chosen by oldest brother Jacob. It will not necessarily even be helpful, but we pray that it will be usable. Be kind, Jacob! If they are smart, his little brothers will be nice to him over the next couple of weeks! We are not entirely sure that is happening presently…
The Camera Crew
The camera crew will consist of 17 year old Jacob. This lucky fellow will have access to all the creature comforts of home. He will have a stocked cooler of ice cold beverages, delicious snacks, and a luxurious tent. He will be recording the DROEGE BOYS DROPPED! experience with various recording equipment. The conversations between him and his destitute relatives will prove interesting.
Our purpose is to raise support for All Nations Lutheran Church which reaches out to the immigrant families in Clarkston with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. All Nations is a new church start working in partnership with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Through the ministry of Pastor Chang Soo Kim who was called home to heaven earlier this year, All Nations Society of Atlanta, Grace Lutheran in Midtown, St. Mark in Tucker, and Living Faith in Cumming, many people have been reached through Bible studies, catechism training, compassionate care, and food distribution. Pastor Kim, who is shown above with his wife Hyang, has certainly been one of our North Georgia Lutheran heroes. By supporting this ministry, All Nations Lutheran can find rental space to set up the church in the middle of the community. The central missionary that will be spearheading this ministry will be Vicar Isaac Baroi. As a joyful servant of our Lord who speaks more than ten languages, he is certainly the perfect person to help the people in the Clarkston community. He cannot wait to begin preaching the Gospel and reaching out with the mercy of Christ. Vicar Baroi will be ordained through Concordia Seminary St. Louis in spring of 2021.
How to Participate
This challenge intends to raise support for All Nations Lutheran Church and it works this way. If you want to participate, there are 4 different pledges that we are suggesting. If you want to do something other than these suggestions, you are free in Christ to do so!
A support pledge of $10
A support pledge of $100
A support pledge of $1000
A support pledge of $10,000
To do this, simply write a check out to Living Faith Lutheran Church with All Nations Lutheran in the memo line and send it to:
Attn: Andrew Frerking
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1171 Atlanta Hwy
Cumming, GA 30040
If you would like to make a pledge by credit card, email Jay Wendland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements are already set up and can be finalized within 24 hours. All donations are tax deductible and you can receive a statement by simply providing your email to Jay. We completely understand if you are not able to support the mission right now, but you can each help them by getting out this message far and wide by sharing or reposting!
The DROEGE BOYS DROPPED! event will take place July 30-August 1, but the results will not be made known until August 10, 2020. If the Droege Boys are unsuccessful, no one will be held to their pledge commitment. People will be free to do whatever they choose. Once the DROEGE BOYS DROPPED! video is put together, you will know the results! The results of the challenge will be on the Kairos Network website. To get updates and results directly, sign up to FOLLOW the Kairos Network at http://www.thekairosnetwork.org. Thanks! Glory to God and salvation to man!
Why should any of us be so concerned about planting a church? Aren’t there plenty of Christian churches already around us? Aren’t there churches with much better facilities? And much more effective programs? Wouldn’t they be better at helping people understand the Gospel and find a church? Why do we need to be so concerned about what we are doing? Read Matthew 28:19-20. The words are “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have observe all that I have commanded you.” Christ clearly commands us to go to baptize all nations and to teach all that He has commanded us. The tense of this Greek word “Go!” basically says “having already gone,” baptize and teach. This is not a job we ever walk away from. It is protocol for the entire Christian Church on earth. Also, we are assured here that until the close of the age, Jesus says there will be a holy Christian people with whom He will dwell. He says “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” The question is, “how can these holy people be found or recognized?” Martin Luther writes that these holy Christian people can be recognized by these seven things:
Possession of God’s Holy Word in its entirety (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Holy Baptism rightly administered (Acts 2:38-41).
The Sacrament of the Altar rightly administered (Acts 2:42).
The Office of the Keys exercised publicly (John 20:23).
The Office of the Ministry called pastors who administer the above four things (Acts 20:38).
Prayer, public praise, and thanksgiving to God (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Possession of the sacred cross in proclamation and participation (Galatians 6:14).
Luther’s Works, Volume 41, Pages 148-165.
Ask yourself. Where can you find all these things in one place?
Although there are churches around us, these precious things are not all around us. And yet these things are the reason for our courage. Although we are sinners whose only consolation is the mercy of the cross of our Savior, time and time again we are steadied by our convictions in the Word of God and the necessity for the people around us to hear the eternal Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ clearly (Romans 1:16). We are moved by our conviction of God’s mighty power in Holy Baptism (Romans 6:3-5), the necessity of the forgiveness of sins (John 20:23), and the great benefits of the Lord’s Supper (John 6:54). People need the Good News of Christ in these days! They need His concrete means of grace! The Holy Spirit has given us the desire for others to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4). The result of these 7 marks of the Church is Christian love empowered by the Holy Spirit.
So . . . Trinity Lutheran Church is going into Norcross. They will bring these blessings to the lost and also disciple the saved. Keep them in your prayers as things begin on April 14, 2019! Glory to God and salvation to man!
Beginning on May 8, 2019, there will be Mission Field: USA training offered at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Cumming from 9 AM – 4 PM. This training is for pastors and lay people interested in starting a new Lutheran congregation, being a part of a church plant, or learning more about the process.
This training for doing missions is structured around the 7 marks of the Church (Luther’s writing on Church and Ministry III) and the framework of Witness, Mercy and Life Together. For more information, go to http://www.lcms.org/how-we-serve/national/church-planting. The Rev. Steve Schave will be onsite leading us on May 22.
The schedule is as follows:
9 AM – Order of Matins
10 AM – Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark
11:30 AM – Study in the Catechism and the Lutheran Confessions
Noon – Liturgical study
12:30 PM – Lunch Break
1:30 PM – Mission Field USA
2:30 PM – Pavement Pounders
Feel free to come for as much of it as you can! Glory to God! Salvation to man!
On April 14, 2019, Trinity Lutheran Church begins Word and Sacrament ministry in Norcross, Georgia!
Trinity’s new location will be at Norcross Elementary School (150 Hunt St. Norcross 30071). Both worship and Bible study will be in the cafeteria.
Get the word out so that people looking for a good church in Norcross can start to gather! Worship and Bible Study begins at Norcross Elementary School on April 14. Plan on attending and supporting the ministry as it reaches out to all people in the area with God’s eternal Word and gracious Gifts!
September 4 is the day we commemorate the greatest prophet of the Old Testament, Moses. How appropriate it is for us to provide you with an update on the ongoing study of the very words the Lord’s gave him to write down on Mt. Sainai! When Adam and Eve were overwhelmed by sin and terror after the fall (Genesis 3), the complete record given by the Holy Spirit to faithful Moses point us to Christ, our Deliverer, Who placed Himself between God and Man, as our Divine Mediator. For all those around us hemmed in by their doubts, internal struggle, and self condemnation, our God has shown the world His compassion and fatherly disposition through the finished work of His Son on the Cross. All glory to God for His grace!
There is now a permanent adjustment to the location of the Biblical Hebrew and Greek Study. For the sake of traffic and accesibility, the study will take place each Tuesday, 10 AM, at Grace Lutheran Church on 1155 North Highland Avenue NE, here in Atlanta. All are welcome to come and attend! This should pretty much be the pattern for those who come from here on out.