Important Congregation-Wide Meetings

At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, the leadership of SAKLC proposed several future-focused staffing decisions based on the departure of the director of music, the imminent departure of a long-serving administrative assistant, and the expiring contract of the deacon. As the Finance Committee and Council moved through the budget process, a reasonable assumption was made: that our 2017 drop in income was due to the protracted pastoral transition, and that our 2018 income would return to the normality of 2016 levels. Sadly, our income in 2018 mirrored almost exactly that of 2017, producing a significant and unsustainable deficit.

And so, how to balance our budget in 2019? If SAKLC enjoyed significant pledging, we could estimate future income effectively… but it isn’t. So, chastened by our experience in 2018, a very realistic 2019 budged began to develop. The proposed 2019 budget will soon be mailed to all voting members of the congregation, and be made available at church, via Connections and on our website.


To Tell the Truth

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 (Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17)

Many of the readers of this devotion will remember with fondness the old television show To Tell the Truth. During the show, the contestants and the viewers were presented with a several people each of whom claimed to be something/someone interesting – a lion tamer, or some such thing. At the end of the show, the constants were asked to guess who was for real: “Would the real lion tamer please stand up!”

As Luke’s gospel progresses, the issue becomes, “would the real messiah please stand up!” Is it John the baptizer, or is it Jesus? The issue is important, as John himself points out:

I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire (Luke 3:16-17).


There, is love.

There’s a saying that I come across once in a while:

Those who are knowledgeable, know that Frankenstein wasn’t the monster:

Those who are wise, know that he was.

A similar thought comes to me each time I see this cartoon.


My soul magnifies the Lord!

Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb (Luke 1:39-41).

There’s a lot going on in this Lukan text. The messenger (John) and the message (Jesus) meet. And, when John (intrauterine) makes a commotion – it’s his very first prophecy! (Remember also, the leaping twin in Rebecca’s womb – Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:20).


Technology Truly Can Bring Us Together

For several weeks now, our worship services have been “broadcast” live on the church’s Facebook page.  Folks out of town (and even out of the country!) have been ably to join us in real time or catch up later. 


Rejoice in the Lord always

Philippians 4:4-7 (Isaiah 12:2-6, Luke 3:7-18)

Gaudete Sunday, that bright spot in the somewhat penitential season of Advent, is here! Marked by the joyful color of pink (in churches where the third candle and chasuble change for the day), this is a day of rejoicing:

Gaudete in Domino semper/Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4)