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Month: January 2014

Rev. John Klemp R+I+P

I said in the previous blog that I thought I had a pretty good handle on information from around the church but I missed this one too.  Here is another former Pastor of the Rock Lake North Dakota church.  Pastor Klemp holds a special place in my memory because he was the Pastor at my Fathers funeral.  He died in Wausau WI which is where my mother in law lives.  We talk about connections on this blog and look at the places where he served.  He and Pastor Korb showed that servant heart that marks those who rely upon the doing and dying and raising again of Jesus for them and want to share that with others. REVEREND JOHN A. KLEMP JR.Reverend John Albert Klemp Jr., age 79, of Berlin, died on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Wausau.Pastor Klemp was born December 20, 1932 in Oshkosh, the son of John A. M. and Erna H. Reichmann Klemp. He was a graduate of Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac, Concordia College in Milwaukee, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 1958. On February 20, 1960, he was united in marriage to Darleen Fay Eman at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Flaxton, ND.  In infancy, Pastor was baptized and later confirmed in 1946 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winneconne, WI. He was ordained on July 11, 1958 at St. Paul...

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Pastor Glen Korb R+I+P

I thought I had a pretty good handle on information from around the church and a good network of people who keep me informed of stuff.  My mother asked me if I had heard that Glen Korb had died and I hadn’t.  Glen came to Rock Lake North Dakota three months before I came to Grafton/Drayton and we became pretty good friends.  He became my parents pastor and his ministry was appreciated. Glen was one of those bachelors that would wear plaid pants and suit coats.  I told him there was nothing wrong with that as long as it was the same plaid. I suggested that perhaps he simply wear his clergy blacks all the time, something I normally don’t encourage.  We went fishing through the ice on Rock Lake one winter and sure enough, under his overalls was the black clergy shirt. He married Dr. Linda Tietz, a veterinarian.  Pastor Howard Jording had been giving honorary Doctorates from the University of Southern ND or something like that, I forget because I never got one.  He presented one to Pastor Korb and said, “I hereby present this to you so that you can get up in the morning and greet your wife by saying “good morning Doctor” and she can say the same”.  Pastor Korb was faithful and conscientious Pastor and I enjoyed his company.  He moved away and went...

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Commemorations of Saints and Feasts.

I have been noticing that a lot of people like to use for their personal salutations, the words from St. Paul. that “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  That’s found in Philippians 4.  Saturday past was the feast of the conversion of St. Paul on the road to Damascus.  We do commemorations in our church too.  On those days we remember “saints” that have gone before us.  We believe that we should commemorate saints so that we can give thanks to God for faithful servants to His church; have our faith strengthened as we see the mercy God gave to those servants; imitate their life of faith in our calling. On January 27th, yesterday we commemorated John Chrysostom, a preacher.  He is his turn commemorated St. Paul with the words below. He summed up his attitude in the words: I forget what Is behind me and push on to what lies ahead. When he saw death imminent, he bade  others, share his joy: Rejoice and be glad with me! And when danger, injustice and abuse threatened, he said, I am content with weakness, mistreatment and persecution. These he called the weapons of righteousness, thus  telling us that he derived immense profit from them.― John Chrysostom, Homily 2, in praise of Saint Paul. Share this on:...

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When Do You “Cancel Church”?

I took this picture not to show how bad this storm was but to try and explain to people how bad it can get.  This was a ‘no travel advised “day and yet I could see the road.  Of course this in on the outskirts of town in a sheltered area but imagine if you were in the open. We folks up here in North Dakota and Northern Minnesota know how bad the weather can get.  In fact folks that talk to us from other places say that we speak about “weather” as if it were an entity and sometimes that is the way that it seems.  It is hard for “outlanders” to get it sometimes, but to show you how sometimes you can’t beat it I found this article from about a month ago from up in Duluth. DULUTH, Minn. – A snowstorm blanketing northern Minnesota has forced a church to cancel its annual lutefisk dinner. First Lutheran Church in Duluth had planned to hold the fundraising dinner Wednesday. But organizers say it was too risky to ask people to venture out into what could end up being 20 inches of snow by late Wednesday. The annual salmon, meatball and lutefisk feed usually raises $10,000 for the church’s charitable programs. Volunteers on Tuesday made 1,750 meatballs out of 200 pounds of beef. The Duluth News Tribune reports the...

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The Divine Service and Mission..

I spend some time at mission conferences and I am always stunned at how something that should be pretty simple like “missions” has taken on the character of so much else in our life of faith and that is the individualistic nature of how “we” view it, or the attitude we take toward it.  Note that what has happened over the years is that there have been movements that try and define not only church, but mission.  There has been the liturgical movement, the emergent church movement, the small group – house church movement, the Missio Dei movement and on and on it goes.  Part of our problem is that in many ways for us to fund mission we have to define it so that others can make it “theirs”.  We spend a lot of time then in looking personal attitudes and motivations for why we do what we do. I am rereading Micheal Horton’s tough book “Christless Christianity”  Baker Books 2008.  This on page 198 “The best way of reintegrating the marks and mission is to start with the gospel itself. I have to say that, at least in my experience, traditionalists and radicals both emphasize our activity over God’s. We come to church primarily to do something. We come to serve rather than to be served. Many traditionalists oppose seeker-driven approaches to mission by insisting that what...

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