Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

 

                              Welcome to Monona!                                                            Wishing everyone a Blessed New Year - 2018

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Dear fellow redeemed,

 

May peace and joy abound in your lives in the afterglow of the Christmas season as we begin a new year and remember how Jesus came into the world as our rescuer from sin and death!

 

Giving is the language of love, and the Christmas season (as well as all seasons) epitomizes God’s awesome love and giving to us. God knew what we needed the most, so, at this time approximately 2,000 years ago, He gave us the most indescribable gift: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4). As we start a new year afresh, God’s gift of His Son is the greatest gift that we will ever receive. God’s gift truly keeps-on giving for, through Jesus, we receive full rights as children of God throughout the year.

 

As God’s children, we know that Jesus is the reason why we live and move and have our being. We rejoice knowing that God has given us His Son. God has sent Him into the world to be the only gift that we truly will ever need. Jesus took on our own flesh and walked among us, and He willingly laid down His life in order to save our lives for eternity.

 

How do we respond to what God has given us? Shouldn’t we be asking, “What have I given to Him?” Certainly, we don’t go to the malls to shop for Jesus, but we do know that we please Him by our faithful acts of love and obedience. The best gift that we can possibly give Him is to show Him our love by faithfully and obediently doing what He asks of us. Our Heavenly Father is pleased when we seek to please Him by doing His will. In fact, we do His will by merely allowing Him to work in us. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

 

As your pastor, I want to thank you for your generous giving to our Lord for the mission and ministry here at Monona Ev. Lutheran in 2017 and very much look forward to it continuing in 2018. As I mentioned at the beginning of this letter, giving is the language of love, and your love is seen clearly as you give so generously of your time, talents, and moneyfor the glory of God our Father and the enrichment of the Gospel in this place and at this time. You should be proud of yourselves for God is doing great things through you. Because of your generosity, we are able to share the Good News of our Savior, born on Christmas Day, crucified on Good Friday, and risen again on Easter as our Saviora gift to share with so many people.

 

May God’s blessings be upon all of you as you rejoice in what we’ve been given, and stay focused on the most indescribable gift, the gift of Jesus.

 

Hope your Christmas season was a blessed one and continues into the New Year! 

 

Pastor Nowak

 

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To all who are weary and need rest,

To all who are lonely and need sheltering love,

To all who sin and need a Savior, and

To whomever will come, our church opens its doors in the name of Jesus Christ.

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