Sunday, April 21, 2024

Fences are put up to keep in and keep out. Fields, though, are wide open! It’s easy to understand why sheep stay together when they don’t have anywhere else to go within the pen. But once they are out in the fields they are unbound by those limitations and can chose to wander from, or remain with, the flock. God doesn’t force us into loving and following him, he allows us the freedom to remain with, or wander away from, his loving grace. Ultimately, we NEED a shepherd, a Good Shepherd!

The shepherd guides the flock, steering them to green pastures, to good water, and away from harm. He leads them to the sustenance needed to sustain body and life, and the sheep trust that He cares for them. So much so, in fact, that the Good Shepherd places himself between the predator and would-be prey. We need THE Good Shepherd, and today our Gospel text gives us exactly what we require!

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
(John 10:14-15)

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Friday, April 19, 2021

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we are many members, but one Body in Christ the apostle Paul reminds us that “If one member suffers, all suffer together…” (1 Corinthians 12:26). Earlier this week Mark, Nathalie, Robert, and Rebecca Giger suffered the loss of their home due to fire. We thank God that He kept them safe and no one was at home when the fire started! However, their home is a total loss and the need for support is great. Attached you will find a link to a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for their support. If you wish to provide support with a gift through the church please write “Fire 2024” on the memo line of any checks and the outside of any envelopes.

They  also need to replace clothing, bedding, furniture, toys, etc. Likewise, we are seeking gift cards for restaurants and groceries to help support them with meals while they are displaced from their home. These gifts can be brought to church and will be delivered.

The largest need, however, is affordable, short-term housing while they make repairs and replacements to restore their condo. If you have, or know of, any solutions to help meet this need please call me directly (314-852-3590). 

The incredible heart for generosity at LCW always humbles me! Where God shows a need, you show up with a willingness to meet it. If you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. We continue to lift Mark, Nathalie, Robert, and Rebecca up with our prayers, our encouragement, and our generosity! Thanks! God bless!

In His hands,

Pastor Jake


Robert – Clothes: Size 7-8 // Shoes: Size 1

Rebecca – Clothes: Size 10 // Shoes: Size 1

(We are waiting on size info for Mark and Nathalie, but they will obviously need to replace their clothing and shoes as well. We’ll share that info as we receive it.)




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- March 2024 -

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What’s Our
Next Adventure
In Ministry?

This SUNDAY Following Worship

April 21, 2024

Lutheran Church of The Way is poised for our next season of ministry together. We are at a crossroads in this “Chose Our Own Adventure” approach to ministry. Instead of passively sitting by waiting for time to pass, we are endeavoring into new territory together. This process is about distilling and defining a vision for faithful ministry at Lutheran Church of The Way as a congregation, rather than it be cast by an individual or a small group. This is about all of us, and your voice is valued and needed in this conversation. We began this discussion last fall, and will continue THIS SUNDAY following worship.

As part of this process, take a moment to complete the BRIEF (I promise, it really is!) survey at the link below as we inventory values, traits, and behaviors that make Lutheran Church of The Way.

Start Survey

For those who are out-of-town or otherwise unable to present in person, please join us on Sunday via ZOOM so that your thoughts and ideas can be heard!
(Click The ZOOM Logo above
or the see invitation info below to join)

As part of this conversation, Brenda Bacon, our LCEF District Vice President, will be joining us on Sunday to share what LCEF’s Ministry Solutions offers to help facilitate this process as a congregation. If you would like to take a look at a glimpse of their “Ministry Clarity” process, check out this video!
Ministry Clarity Video

If you would like to review the tentative S.M.A.R.T. Goals that were shared following our last discussion they are available on LCW’s website here:

View SMART Goals [DRAFT]
View Social Media Strategy [DRAFT]

Likewise, if you are interested in the feedback received from the congregational survey prior to the last discussion you can find that here on our website as well:

View Ministry Reflection Survey Results

Link for Survey:

Info to Participate Via Zoom:
Visioning for Ministry at Lutheran Church of The Way
Time: Apr 21, 2024 10:30 AM (EST)

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