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100th Anniversary Celebration, June 29-30

Join us on June 29th and 30th as we celebrate 100 years of mission and ministry along the beautiful shores of majestic Leech Lake! Recently a couple different people (one quite young, and one not as young) asked me the same question, “Why do we celebrate things like this?” Good question.

First, we celebrate to remember the past. In June we will remember those who came long before and established the community of faith we know as Hope Lutheran Church. This church provided people in the early 20th century authentic community, a collective voice of thanks and praise to God, and a congregation where they trusted God would feed them in Word and Sacrament. Over the years this community of faith has accompanied their neighbors, passed on the faith, and served with humble and joyful hearts. Remembering helps us identify Hope’s life-giving presence in the past, all the while giving thanks for God’s faithfulness.

Second, we celebrate giving thanks for where we are in the journey now. We are not the same primarily Scandinavian Lutheran church of 1919! Hope is bursting with worshippers from all flavors of Christianity, who all bring unique and diverse gifts that enrich our common life and mission. Even now God is actively blessing the world in, with, and through us.

Finally, we celebrate with anticipation for what the next 100 years might bring! The truth is God’s not done with us yet! God is still at work in this world, calling us to continue to proclaim the good news of God is word and deed. Our life together continues as we welcome all people, enrich one another’s lives, and send believers forth to serve, as we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Matt

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