Spark April 2022


Dear friends,

Being as we’re two-thirds of the way through Lent, and church work has been increasing these last couple months, I’ll offer you a brief string of items from my plate as they come to mind:





  • Many thanks to Frannie Moss for doing double duty on the organ during Lent!
  • Keep our sister church, Pilgrim Lutheran in Beaverton in your prayers as they work through the process of calling a pastor. 
  • While the pandemic is still with us, it seems like things are returning to the way they used to be. We thank God for that as well as pray there are no more surges in the spread of infection. 
  • Our preschool mission has soldiered on valiantly through the pandemic, thanks be to God, and our teacher, Kathy Prehm, aides Diana and Jane Burda, substitutes Jennifer Gatke and Leslie Abbott, office managers Jennifer Snellen and Ellen Kulle, the volunteers on our board of education led by Steve Perone, and your prayers and support. I feel it a great blessing to get to know each child by name, and get to know their individual personalities, as well as get to know the parents a little bit too. Our preschool continues to be a worthwhile, vital mission of our church.
  • I’m looking forward to Easter Sunday, where we will have the return of our breakfast in the church lower level, served by our youth group. I will be putting together a sunrise service (7 AM) and, weather permitting, we can worship as the sun rises and have a nice breakfast in the church afterwards. 

That’s all for now. May you continue drawing faith from the Holy Spirit as we enter into Holy Week and Easter. 

Pastor Don 

Youth worhsip leaders
Youth worhsip leaders

Youth Worship Leaders

In an effort to bring families with children to midweek worship during Lent, I’ve had the youth from Confirmation class be our liturgists at the evening services. My thanks go to Ashlynn Brenner, Elizabeth Johnston, Claire Baldridge, and Riley Baldridge for doing something many young people don’t get the opportunity to do, and for doing it well.  

“My thanks … for doing something many young people don’t get the opportunity to do, and for doing it well.”



Greetings in Christ Jesus from Pastor Rich


Welcome to Lent.  This is the most important season in the Church year.  It gives us the opportunity to draw nearer to Jesus and experience His amazing love for us.  It is my prayer that you will experience His amazing love for you and make a change in your life.

It is easy to ignore Lent.  We are busy people.  We have places to go and many things to do.  We forget what is most important.  We are sometimes like the elderly driver pulled over by a highway patrol officer for driving well over the speed limit. Her excuse was that she had to get to her destination before she forgot where she was going.  Are you going so fast that you will forget Lent? Please slow down and spend time with Jesus.  There are Wednesday evening services at 6:30 in the sanctuary or 1:30 at the Senior Center.  God bless your Lenten season with spiritual growth!

During March you can enrich your marriage by attending special sessions each Sunday at 9:40 am in the Senior Center.  These are for everyone not just seniors.  Going into the Senior Center will not turn your hair gray or give you wrinkles.  It will give you an opportunity to make your marriage stronger.


As the day light increases in March, may your love for God and others increase.


In Christ’s love,


Pastor Rich


from the church mouseHi gang,


Welcome to Spring!  I am house cleaning at the Senior Center.  Hope to see some new faces.  Our Senior gatherings on Wednesdays bring smiles to your face and will warm your heart and best of all, laughter to your life.  During this month we will have soup for lunch.  You can bring some PJ for me. 


Here are some smiles for seniors.  You know you are a Senior when…



Someone compliments you on your alligator shoes, but you’re not wearing any shoes.

You stoop down to put on your shoes and wonder what else you can do as long as you’re down there.

Your children begin to look middle age.

The first candle on your cake burns out before they get to the last one.

The candles cost more than the cake.

They roast marshmallows over your birthday cake.

Your knees buckle but your belt won’t.


Remember when you visit a different church to bring me their bulletin.  Thanks Pary and Peggy Pariseau for bringing one from Faith Lutheran Church of Capistrano Beach, California.

Enjoy Spring.

Love, Zeke



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Eyes on Jesus

O come, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Gradual for Lent, based on Hebrews 12:2)

When the characters in the Passion narrative look at Jesus, what do they see? In most cases, people misunderstood who He is and what He was doing. In some cases, by faith, people recognized Him aright. Our Lenten series this year, Eyes on Jesus is based on Passion according to St. Mark. We will examine how the various people around Jesus viewed Him—and how we should view Him. We will “fix our eyes” on what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death, and celebrate what God sees on account of His work: our justification for His sake.

On Ash Wednesday, we will see how, in spite of Jesus’ repeated predictions about His upcoming Passion, the disciples with “Misjudging Eyes” fail to recognize that soon He will not be with them, and they cannot see the anonymous woman’s anointing of Jesus as preparation for His burial. But Jesus sees her actions as a beautiful deed that will be proclaimed throughout the world wherever the Gospel is heard.

At our midweek service after the First Sunday of Lent, we will look through Judas’s “Betraying Eyes” and learn why he did this awful deed. Yet the behind-the-scenes-reality is that Jesus was “handed over” by God the Father Himself, so that Jesus could die for the sin of the world.

“Sleepy Eyes” is the theme for the second week of Lent. In Gethsemane, Jesus’ inner circle of Peter, James, and John cannot keep their eyes open to watch and pray with Jesus for even an hour, while Jesus comes to see that His Father’s will is that He drink the cup of God’s wrath when He comes to the “hour” of His suffering.

In the third week of Lent, we stare into the “Denying Eyes” of Peter and the other apostles. They could not see how they could ever fall away from Jesus, but after Jesus is betrayed by Judas, ten of them flee, and Peter—when he is spotted by a servant girl and sees that his own neck is on the line—sees fit to deny Jesus, which leads to his own eyes weeping in remorse. We sinners likewise deny our Lord in many ways, but Jesus denied Himself to take up the cross for our salvation.

“Murderous Eyes” is the theme of week 4 in Lent. The chief priests and scribes saw Jesus as an obstacle to be rid of by murdering Him through the Roman judicial system. Yet during the Passover festival, they would unwittingly bring about the Father’s sacrifice of the ultimate Passover Lamb.

In the fifth week of Lent, we look through the “Worldly Eyes” of Pilate, the Jewish leaders, and the Roman soldiers. Pilate can only view matters in a worldly, pragmatic way, wishing to placate the worldly Jewish leaders and crowd, so he consents to handing Jesus over for crucifixion. The soldiers see the opposite of a worldly king, but their ironic hailing of Him as “King of the Jews” proclaims who He really is. The world looks for power and glory; God’s way is suffering and the cross.

On Maundy Thursday, there is “More Than Meets the Eye” to the Lord’s Supper. We will look into the Old Testament background of the Last Supper and rejoice in the mystery that Jesus, in and with, bread and wine, gives us His body and blood in order to deliver to us the benefits of His Passion.

On Good Friday, we look through “God’s Eyes” to see what is happening during the Passion: the once-for-all atonement for the sin of the whole world and the justification of all sinners on Easter.

“Resting Eyes” is the theme for Holy Saturday. Various disciples rested their eyes upon the dead Jesus, cared for His body, and buried it. As Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus rest their eyes upon the sealed tomb and contemplate further anointing of His body the next day, they cannot see that Jesus’ own eyes are merely resting temporarily, and Easter morning will bring a dramatic reversal.

Finally, Easter Sunday gazes upon “Angel Eyes.” The angel in the tomb knows the whole story of Jesus’ resurrection. When he sees the women, he proclaims the Gospel to them, shows them where Jesus’ body had formerly lain, and tells them that they can see Jesus themselves in Galilee. Likewise, the “angels” or messengers of the Church in the apostolic ministry tell God’s people where they can find Jesus and His salvation in the Means of Grace.

With Eyes on Jesus as our theme this Lent, we will continuously focus on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, buried, and risen for our justification. This is a vision that will never disappoint, for by trusting in Jesus, He promises that we will gaze upon His beautiful face now by faith and forever in heaven!


Ash Wednesday Feb 26

Sermon: “Misjudging Eyes”—Mark 14:1–9

Children’s Message: “Covered in Goodness”


Midweek of Lent 1: March 4

Sermon: “Betraying Eyes”—Mark 14:10–21, 32, 41–46

Children’s Message: “Not a Secret”


Midweek of Lent 2: March 11

Sermon: “Sleepy Eyes”—Mark 14:32–42

Children’s Message: “Sleepy Eyes”


Midweek of Lent 3: March 18

Sermon: “Denying Eyes”—Mark 14:26–31, 66–72

Children’s Message: “I’d Never Do That!”


Midweek of Lent 4: March 25

Sermon: “Murderous Eyes”—Mark 14:1–2, 53–65

Children’s Message: “Killer Looks”


Midweek of Lent 5: April 1

Sermon: “Worldly Eyes”—Mark 15:1–20

Children’s Message: “Questioning Questions”


Holy Thursday: April 9

Sermon: “More Than Meets the Eye”—Mark 14:22–25


Good Friday: April 10

Sermon: “God’s Eyes”—Mark 15:21–39


Easter: Sunday April 12

Sermon: “Angel Eyes”—Mark 16:1–8

Children’s Message: “Angel Vision”