Rally Day is this Sunday, Sept. 15

Rally Day is this Sunday, Sept. 15

Rally Day Change of Plans

This Sunday we will be welcoming home all who have been traveling and enjoying the summer months. The Preschoolers are back. Our students and teachers have begun another year of school. Our choirs will be singing and ringing once again.

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, our Sunday Morning Worship Schedule will include:
8:00 a.m. Worship
9:30 a.m. Worship
9:30 a.m. Adult Education in the Fireside Room
9:30 a.m. Sunday School for children in Preschool through 5th Grade
11:00 a.m. Worship

Then at 1:00 p.m. we will have an All-Church Bar-B-Q and party at TLC in tjhe gym. The weather was too threatening to have the party at the M-Bar-C. Rain would ruin the day and our sound systems. The grills there are not under cover so we needed to move the picnic home to TLC.

There will be great food, ice cream, face painting, ping pong, corn-hole and dodgeball. There will be live music in the sanctuary.

Drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. If you can bring a salad, chips or dessert that would be much appreciated.

Blessed to be a Blessing! Let us Rally back to our spiritual home as we worship and fellowship together.

See you this Sunday at your Church—TLC!



Love, Pastor Jim

You Knit Me Together

You Knit Me Together


“You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will thank you because I am marvelously made.” Psalm 139

My brain is on leave this week, so let me just share a thought or two.

I had a DNA test done about a month ago. The results were interesting, but not life-changing. The test uncovered my family history. And a complicated history it is. 
61.8% British and Irish
15.5% Broadly Northwestern European
11.4% Scandinavian
9.6% French and German
1.4% Spanish
0.2% Finnish

I also have 268 genetic variants that can be traced back to Neanderthals. That explains a lot. I guess Felicia was right all along.

According to the test I am not a carrier of any diseases, but the results showed:
*That I am less likely to be able to match a musical pitch. 
*That I am more likely to have hair loss.
*That I am less likely to have a fear of public speaking.

What really struck me is this. All of that co-mingled blood runs through my body. All of those different nationalities and tribal groups are a part of me. They co-exist; more than that they are one now, working to keep me alive. It matters not where they came from, or what violence and oppression are a part of their histories.

Could we learn from this? Is this God’s way? A blended diversity, co-mingled and beautiful. No pure blood, no flags, no walls, no borders, no skin color; just human beings, children of God. We were knit together in our mother’s womb and yet, in the end, we are dust and to dust we shall return.

What we see is only skin deep but, if we look at the DNA, we find another story. A human story. We are more alike than we are different. When that Finnish sailor made a brief visit to our village 500 years ago, who knew that he would become a part of the family.

Human stories. Maybe science can help us to look beyond skin color, gender, class or orientation and see the beautiful mingled diversity that makes us what we are: Children of God.

See you in church.



Pastor Jim

Women Growing In Faith Together (GIFT) begins Sept. 17

Women Growing In Faith Together (GIFT) begins Sept. 17

Women Growing In Faith Together

Join us on Tuesday Mornings Beginning September 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside room.

GIFT is a weekly gathering of women committed to being intentional about growing and learning. Beginning September 17th, we will meet on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am in the Fireside Room to engage in Bible Study, book studies, exploration of spiritual formation and practices, sharing, praying and supporting each other on the journey of faith. Sign up after church or email shaleench@gmail.com

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If you’d like to be added to the TLC Women’s Ministries Email list to receive announcements, information, updates on programs, classes, events, sign up after church or email shaleench@gmail.com.


Judge Not

Judge Not

Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.” Matthew 7:1

There are a variety of Spiritual Gifts listed in the Bible: Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Healing, Giving, Mercy, Wisdom, Knowledge, and Tongues. The Bible is clear that all gifts of the Spirit, gifts from God, are meant to be used for the “common good” of all people.

For 2000 years the people of God, blessed with Spiritual Gifts, have built hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, universities, food banks, preschools, and shelters. The Christian Church has made a mark on the world that God loves.

For 2000 years the people of God have excelled at charitable giving. Spiritual Gifts are given by God for the common good. We have much to celebrate and there is so much left to do.

Unfortunately, religious people in Jesus’ day and today are even more proficient at judging others. Most of the criteria that we use when judging others was never addressed by Jesus. Most of the things that we fuss over would have bored Jesus. Remember we follow a long haired, unemployed, perhaps homeless Rabbi whose skin would not have resembled the skin tones of Northern Europeans.

Jesus did not address clothing, hairstyles, appearances, or orientation, but he did repeatedly warn his followers about judging others. Judgmental Religious people made Jesus’ blood boil. Here is the problem, the offense to God: if we are grumpy and judgmental and carry the name of Jesus then we disgrace his name and grieve the Holy Spirit.

If you want to spend your energy judging the lifestyles and actions of others, go ahead, knock yourself out. But if you do it in the name of Jesus, then you are really going to tick Jesus off.

But didn’t Jesus tell the woman caught in adultery to go and sin no more? Yes, he did. But here is the spoiler alert – you are not Jesus! Do not ask yourself WWJD, (what would Jesus do).

Rather, ask what Jesus has asked you to do. And the answer to that is quite simple: love them and take care of your own issues. That ought to be enough to keep you busy.

Judging others is not a Spiritual Gift. It is a burden; it is a waste of time and it offends the one who forgave you of all your misdeeds.

See you in church!

Pastor Jim

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servants

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servants

Honoring Pastor Dennis and Jeri Hanson, and Pastor Eric and Kathleen Ottum

The Summer of 2019 gives us the opportunity to observe two remarkable milestones in the lives of our beloved pastors.

Pastor Dennis Hanson was ordained 55 years ago. Dennis and Jeri have given their lives in service to the Lutheran Church and the gospel work of Jesus Christ. In retirement they moved to Whidbey, switched gears, and continued to serve the people of TLC.

Pastor Eric Ottum was ordained in the Summer of 1969. As Astronauts were setting foot on the moon, Eric and Kathleen were beginning a journey of faith and faithfulness that has far out-lived moon landings. After calls in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, Pastor Eric and Kathleen came home to Whidbey and TLC. Kathleen’s parents, Walter and Esther Krull, were dear members of our congregation.

This Sunday at TLC, we will be honoring the combined 105 years of faithful service to us and to the larger church. I would encourage you to bring a card to express your thankfulness. We will honor them at the worship services, and with cake during the coffee hour.

It should be noted that Dennis and Eric will not be retiring yet; ordination is for life, and we hope to be blessed by their ministries for many years to come.

See you in Church this Sunday! Wear your T-shirts, or Hawaiian shirts – put something on and join the party at TLC.