Bakken’s Retirement and Farewell

Dear friends in Christ,

Please join us as we celebrate the many years of service of Jim and Deb Bakken. They are retiring from the public ministry this summer. We will be holding special worship services on Sunday, July 12 at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

A reception line will also be held at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. All services and the park celebration will follow our state COVID 19 social distancing guidelines. We will be unable to hold a retirement dinner but we do want to provide a time at the park where you can BRIEFLY visit with Jim and Deb and wish them well in their new adventures in Tucson, AZ.

If you prefer to call or email to sign up, please contact Sharon Olsen at oleo@hickorytech.net or 507-351-1623.

If you are not able to be present that day, then we welcome your prayers of thanksgiving to God for His grace to Jim and Deb and for blessings in their retirement. Correspondence of blessing and memories can be sent directly to Jim and Deb or to:

Saint Peter Lutheran Church
427 West Mulberry Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082

If you were planning on purchasing a gift for the Bakken’s, please feel free to give a monetary one, that would contribute to this new addition to their new home. Click on our PushPay link to contribute to this gift: https://pushpay.com/g/saintpeterlutheran (Under “FUND”, choose “Bakken’s Retirement”). Or feel free to drop off donations in our lockbox, located inside our church entrance closest to the parking lot.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Dear members of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School,

The Church Council has approved a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and a timeline for having on-site services again. The plan outlines requirements and protection protocols to be implemented to protect our staff and members as we get back to public worship. Please review the plan in detail so you understand when and how worship will be conducted for the present time. The preparedness plan is a “living, active” document. As restrictions and conditions change, so will the plan. Church leadership will continue to update you on any new information that pertains to you! Below you will find a cover letter from Pastor Kelly, outlining “why” we are working diligently to get back to public worship, and the COVID-19 Plan itself. For those uncomfortable with public worship at this time, don’t worry!  We will continue to offer livestream services for now.

God’s blessings to you!

Church President,  Jacob Yushta

CLICK HERE for the cover letter from Pastor Kelly
CLICK HERE for the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan


Please tune into our weekly live streamed service on Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.  If you cannot view at these times, don’t worry! It will be recorded for future viewing.  
See our Facebook page for access to our streamed worship services: https://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/

Sunday services will continue to be available by cable TV broadcast (channel 7) on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. 


We want to remind and encourage our members to continue to support our ministry here at St. Peter. Your offerings to our general fund support our called workers and provide the funds to continue our church and school mission. For instructions to sign up and use PushPay, click here: https://saintpeterlutheran.org/pushpay/


We Welcome Jennifer Adickes to our Church and School Staff!
We are excited to welcome Jennifer Adickes to the staff of Saint Peter Lutheran Church and School! Jennifer was assigned to our congregation on May 16th by the Martin Luther College Assignment Committee to be our parish musician and to teach grades 2-3 in the afternoon for next school year. 

We look forward to having her join our staff this summer! We thank God for providing our congregation and school with another willing servant to carry on the ministry among us and to round out our staff for next school year!


New Confirmation Date
Confirmation class was originally scheduled for May 3th, 2020, but we have postponed that until June 7th, 2020 during the 10:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Heise. There will be special regulations followed during this service, in line with the CoVID-19 Preparedness plan above. It will be a joy to celebrate this event with the confirmands and their families.


Family Bible Hour

Family Bible hour is an inter-generational Bible study for all ages. We will be broadcasting via Zoom in between services from 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. starting June 14th. This leaves enough time for first service attendees to get home after that service, and enough time for late service attendees to leave after FBH is done. This year well will be following Paul on his missionary journeys, as he spreads the gospel to people who had never heard of Jesus before. Hear the story, play unique games, sing songs, and learn about Jesus, the God of all.  


Church and School Office Hours
Our Church and School office will be open and have staff coverage Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Feel free to contact any Executive Committee member with any questions, comments or concerns. Our goal is to continue to serve our members as best we can under the most current conditions. If you know someone who is not connected electronically, please reach out to them with this information. This will be posted on our website and Facebook Page.

Worship Bulletin and Sermon – May 24, 2020

Have you thought about the last day? Have you wondered what it takes to stand confidently for the final judgment? Come listen to God’s Word this weekend as he assures you he has done all things necessary for you to be saved. The faith he creates in your heart makes us confident no matter what we might face in this life. May God bless you as you hear his Word. Our service will be live streamed at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, May 24, on our Facebook page.  Gather the family to watch and invite friends by sharing the video.

CLICK HERE for the service bulletin!
CLICK HERE to read the sermon.

SPLSC Update – May 23, 2020

When Do We Get to Go Back to Church?

Lord, I love the house where you reside,
the place where your glory dwells.
    Psalm 26:8 – NIV

“When do we come back to church this Sunday?”  I am hearing that question a lot these past few days.  You have probably heard that Minnesota Catholic dioceses and some Lutheran churches plan to disregard Governor Walz’ restrictions on public worship.  And just yesterday President Trump decreed churches to be considered “essential.” Up to this moment, Governor Walz has continued to limit worship to under 10 people. 

Saint Peter Lutheran does notplan to have a public worship service tomorrow, May 24.  We will offer our live broadcast on Facebook tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. as we have these past number of weeks. In view of the confusion that exists and the need to communicate safe protocols for worship we will avoid the trap of rushing into something without careful forethought.   

Here is what will happen over the next 4-7 days.  Our executive committee will meet to recommend safe protocols that will work in our setting.  Then our church council will meet to discuss a date to return to public worship and establish protocols for safety.  We will inform the congregation of the decisions promptly and also share a video that will clearly lay out our worship protocols.  Expect more communication over the next week and yes, please share that information with other members.

May God grant us health and patience,


Update on the Smiths & East Asia ministries

The following brief letter came to us from Prof. Mike & Anita Smith, our members who happen to be serving our seminary in Hong Kong and ministries in East Asia:

Greetings back to you…from Minnesota! We’re still here but have finally been given the OK to go back to Hong Kong. We’ve been staying with my parents since March helping to take care of my mom (brain tumor). My sisters will take over while we head for WI for a couple of weeks. We’ll come back to Mankato briefly and head back to HK on June 15. It will be good in many ways to go back (except for the weather) and—after a mandated two-week quarantine (with wristbands to make sure we stay in our apartment)—to readjust to our “normal” life.

Classes at Asia Lutheran Seminary ended the semester online because of the restrictions on the size of gatherings in HK. So even if we had been in HK, I would have been teaching my classes online anyway. It was still a challenge to have classes online either late at night (11:30-12:30) or early in the morning (6:00-9:00) while we have been in the States. 

Anita has been able to keep up with her work as she communicated regularly with the workers who were still in East Asia (not very many), with those who were “stuck” in the US (not able to get back into East Asia), and those who mightbe going to East Asia in the fall (depending on the restrictions). Friends of China is becoming “Friends Network” as they expand into different world fields (including Vietnam). She did see that St. Peter’s Ladies had made a donation to Friends of China and was quite excited. Thank you all!

We appreciate the continued prayers and support. We wish we would have had the opportunity to make it to worship at St. Peter. Maybe next summer!

God bless you all.

Mike (and Anita)

Ascension – May 21, 2020

Thursday nights are not normally a time for thinking about worship, but this Thursday (May 21) is an exception.  Thursday night is the Ascension of our Lord, 40 days after Easter.  Knowing that Jesus “ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father” is a source of rich comfort and confidence for us.  Our service will be live streamed at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night, May 21, on our Facebook page.  Gather the family to watch and invite friends by sharing the video.

CLICK HERE to follow along in the service bulletin!

CLICK HERE to read the sermon.

Service Bulletin for Easter 6

Please tune into our weekly live streamed service on Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.  If you cannot view at these times, don’t worry! It will be recorded for future viewing.  
See our Facebook page for access to our streamed worship services: http://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/

Worship Theme: Victory Over Pointless Living

CLICK HERE for the Service Bulletin to follow along!
CLICK HERE for this week’s sermon text.

Sunday services will continue to be available by cable TV broadcast (channel 7) on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. 

Service Bulletin for Easter 5 | SPLSC Update – May 6, 2020

Dear members of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School,

As each state begins to discuss their steps to opening up the economy and the parameters needed to be met. The Church Council will begin discussions on what it is going to take to begin having services in God’s House again. When will this happen? What will it look like? We do not really have those answers right now but we think it important to begin having those conversations. We will also discuss options for Confirmands and SPELS graduation. 
God’s blessings on your week!!

SPLCS Executive Committee 


Please tune into our weekly live streamed service on Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.  If you cannot view at these times, don’t worry! It will be recorded for future viewing.  
See our Facebook page for access to our streamed worship services: https://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/

CLICK HERE for the Service Bulletin to follow along!

Sunday services will continue to be available by cable TV broadcast (channel 7) on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. 


Look forward to Sunday morning!  Here’s a sneak preview: 
The Epistle Lesson for the Fifth Sunday of Easter presents a foundational concept of Christian faith.  Everything related to our faith, our church, and our lives is built on the risen Lord Jesus Christ: Peter boldly declares:

As you come to him, the Living Stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious, you also, like living stones, are being built as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, in order to bring spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:4,5

It is most appropriate that the apostle Peter is highlighting this thought.  Peter was the natural leader of the 12 disciples, quoted in the Gospels more than the other 11 combined.  He was brash and quick to assert his loyalty to Jesus.  Yet in an embarrassing moment of weakness he denied his Lord.  Peter’s career didn’t end there because his life wasn’t built on his own successes.  Peter’s life was built on the Living Stone, Jesus his Redeemer.

As we approach Mother’s Day all are reminded–especially mothers–of the heavy responsibilities that God has placed on us. Months of Stay Home orders have increased those burdens.  Shortcomings and failures become more numerous.  Isn’t it great news that our life’s work isn’t judged on our performance, but rather on Christ’s rock-solid holiness and sacrifice?  Aren’t you glad that your life and household stands built on Jesus Christ, the Living Stone?

We want to remind and encourage our members to continue to support our ministry here at St. Peter. Your offerings to our general fund support our called workers and provide the funds to continue our church and school mission. For instructions to sign up and use PushPay, click here: https://saintpeterlutheran.org/pushpay/


Devotions with the Lord’s Supper:  
Through March and April our congregation has resisted the urge to invent novel approaches to worship like parking lot worship and drive-by communion. We have a high view of our liturgical worship and want to see the best of practices be used in delivering Word and Sacrament to feed God’s people.

For many the state of Minnesota’s COVID-19 orders have gone on longer than expected.  Some have described our situation as being “exiled from public worship” where in-person gathering of the church is prohibited. This has meant that the customary regular partaking of Lord’s Supper has been absent. Still, we recognize the importance of Holy Communion in Jesus’ command to “do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:23-26); we likewise recognize and long for the spiritual blessings this sacrament imparts: “Given and poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.” 

 At Saint Peter Lutheran, we customarily receive Lord’s Supper about twice a month and on festivals and other special occasions. Shut-ins are given Lord’s Supper regularly during pastoral visits. We recognize that members will certainly desire this sacrament, and we know that Jesus will bless his church through it. We also recognize the current circumstances where we owe a brotherly debt of love to our neighbor to do what we can to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, this is what our pastors are proposing during the remaining days of restrictions:

  • The pastors and altar committee will provide for small devotional gatherings with Lord’s Supper to take place at church by appointment (made by phone or email). Such gatherings are permitted in Minnesota emergency  orders, keeping the size of the gatherings to fewer than 10 people and adhering to social distancing requirements.
  • The administration of the Lord’s Supper will be done by one of the pastors, who will make sure to thoroughly wash his hands and limit personal contact before each service. The pastor will administer the host (wafer) by placing it upright in the recipient’s hand to prevent any personal contact. The recipient will take one of the individual cups himself and dispose of it as usual in a basket provided.
  • The pastors and altar committee will thoroughly sanitize themselves and will wear gloves while preparing the elements for the Lord’s Supper. They will space individual cups apart (skipping rows) so as to prevent recipients from touching any other cup while taking one of their own.
  • We will keep entryway doors and sanctuary doors propped open to minimize surfaces that members come into contact with, and single use service sheets will be given for members to follow along with the brief devotion.
  • Members who deeply desire to receive the sacrament in the coming weeks can make an appointment with the pastors. An ideal time to consider making these appointments would be when the pastors are at church during office hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon.  Please call the pastors directly (Pastor Kelly: 224.430.3925 or Pastor Heise: 920.264.7665) rather than calling the church.
  • These services are for members who greatly desire it and feel a great need for the assurance offered in the Lord’s Supper. Do not feel pressured to come, and do not violate your conscience if you feel it is better or safer to stay at home because of various factors (like being in a high-risk category, for example). The gospel assurance of forgiveness, life, and salvation is also given in God’s Word and promises which we proclaim through worship services streamed online and broadcast through cable TV. The Word of God can suffice for the time being when you are unable to receive the Lord’s Supper.
  • As always—and especially now—do not come if you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who was sick.

Upcoming Events:

  • Executive Committee Meeting:  Thursday May 7th @ 3:15 pm
  • Church Council Meeting:  Sunday May 10th @ 12:00 pm
  • MLC Graduate Assignment Announcements: Saturday May 16th

Church and School Drop Box
A secure drop box has been installed in the main hallway just as you enter the building from the Grace Street entrance. Feel free to use this for offerings or any other church and school documents that you want to drop off in a secure place.  


Parking Lot and Alley Improvements Project
The concrete work is complete. Both courses of pavement have been laid, and the striping is down. The major parts of the project are complete. There is some minor cleanup and backfilling along the edges of the project that will be done in-house. There are also some options for signage that need to be worked through. The new pavement looks great! There are many people to thank for making this project happen. First, thank you to the congregation for approving this project. Without your action on this, it obviously couldn’t have happened. A big thank you to John Voigt for spearheading this project with the services of Holtmeier Construction and the donation of their time and equipment free of charge. Also thank you to Jared Lind and his O’malley Construction buddy(s) for completing the concrete work.  


Last Day of School for SPLS and Little Lambs – Friday, May 22
We will carry on with remote learning until Friday, May 22.  Rather than return after Memorial Day for what would have normally been a couple of lighter school days of cleaning up at school, wrapping up loose ends, celebrating the end of the year, and packing up school supplies, we will end our school year on the last weekday before the holiday.   The fact that we don’t have a Spring Program, Track Meet, End of the Year Field Trip, and other events this school year that normally come at the end of the year means that we had more days of class work than a typical school year in April and May.  This extra academic time we had will more than make up for the earlier ending to our school year.  


New Confirmation Date
Confirmation class was originally scheduled for May 3th, 2020, but we have postponed that until June 7th, 2020 during the 10:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Heise. Please also note that this date, while firm, could change depending on regulations coming down from our governor. The confirmation right is a unique experience that can’t really be done digitally. We really wish to handle it in the traditional way. For that reason, a little patience may be needed. Pray that Jesus would bless our confirmands and end this pandemic soon.


Church and School Office Hours
Our Church and School office will be open and have staff coverage Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Feel free to contact any Executive Committee member with any questions, comments or concerns. Our goal is to continue to serve our members as best we can under the most current conditions. If you know someone who is not connected electronically, please reach out to them with this information. This will be posted on our website and Facebook Page.

 Here are our cancellations at a glance:

  • On-site worship services. These will be live streamed as stated above.    
  • Sunday School, YFC, Cornerstone
  • On-site Bible Studies 
  • On-site Confirmation.  
  • Choir rehearsals  
  • Bible Information Class
  • On-site LES and Little Lambs school.
  • April Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

On-line Learning:

  • LES School – daily
  • Confirmation – first Wednesday of the month
  • Women’s Bible Study – Sunday evenings 

Service Bulletin for Easter 4 – May 3, 2020

Come, hear the Word of our Good Shepherd! His voice is able to conquer all doubt because it is powerful and effective. Tomorrow in worship, we will hear about how Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who takes care of us, and leads us with his voice. We’ll see how he conquered the doubt of Thomas, but also how he conquers our doubts, too. May God bless your worship!

Join us for the livestream on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

CLICK HERE for the Service Bulletin to follow along!

CLICK HERE for this week’s sermon text!

Service Bulletin for Easter 3 – April 26, 2020

God Can Work with Restrictions

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, a descendant of David, in accordance with my gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Timothy 2:8,9 – EHV

This Sunday you will hear a reading from Acts 24 that might seem a bit disconnected.  In the lesson Paul stood before the Roman governor and recited his case to Felix. He mentions the resurrection of Jesus twice.  But what meaning does that have to us in April 2020?  

Paul’s hearing before Felix leads to his 2-year imprisonment in Palestine, his voyage and shipwreck, and eventual imprisonment in Rome.  Paul was restricted. It didn’t make very much sense, but God could work with Paul’s chains and all the restrictions that came with it. His saving gospel was not chained then. It’s not chained now.

A classmate of mine who serves in Eastern Wisconsin wrote this encouragement: “We might be limited, but God is not. Even with our restrictions and our limitations, God works through us. His word reaches hearts and brings hope. We can’t always see it. We don’t see it here when Paul was speaking to Felix. But Paul was faithful and God was working.”

Stay-at-Home restrictions don’t hinder God’s Word. Based on how many are sharing and viewing our videos and posts, more people are being reached than ever before. God’s people, keep sharing your faith!

God’s peace be with you!

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Join us for the livestream on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

CLICK HERE for the Service Bulletin to follow along!

SPLSC Update – April 26, 2020

Dear members of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School,

Church and School leadership want to continue to provide the most updated information possible to our members. In this addition there is a lot of new information for you to read through! Although most of America is at a stand-still, our church and school continue to move forward and there is a lot of work being accomplished every day! The Lord continues to pour out His blessings on His church!
 
Please tune into our weekly live streamed service onSundays @ 10:30 a.m.  If you cannot view at these times, don’t worry! It will be recorded for future viewing. See our Facebook page for access to our streamed worship services. https://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/ 

Sunday services will continue to be available by cable TV broadcast (channel 7) on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. 


We want to remind and encourage our members to continue to support our ministry here at St. Peter. Your offerings to our general fund support our called workers and provide the funds to continue our church and school mission. For instructions to sign up and use PushPay, click here: https://saintpeterlutheran.org/pushpay/


Church and School Drop Box
A secure drop box has been installed in the main hallway just as you enter the building from the Grace Street entrance. Feel free to use this for offerings or any other church and school documents that you want to drop off in a secure place.  


Parking Lot and Alley Improvements Project
The parking lot project is underway. Removals were completed this past Friday. This coming Monday concrete will be poured and the first lift of asphalt will be paved. After concrete curing time, WW blacktopping will be back for the final lift of asphalt.


Call Returned
After four weeks of deliberation, the Holy Spirit has led Ryan Friske to return the call to serve here as staff minister of music. CLICK HERE to read his letter to our congregation. The Church Council will be meeting Sunday @ 1:00 via Zoom to discuss options moving forward. We will provide updates on any council action taken. 


Payment Protection Loan
The Church Council moved to apply for the PPP loan that has been offered due to the COVID-19 situation. This forgivable loan is designed to cover payroll costs, including salary, wages, and retirement contributions. There are also provisions to cover rent, mortgage interest, utilities, or other interest on debts over an 8-week period. We did qualify and received $83,600.00 on 4-15-20. Over the next 8 weeks we will be providing the necessary documents to ensure this loan is completely forgiven. The day it was deposited into our Church account, we were notified that all funds allocated to PPP loans were gone. We are fortunate! CLICK HERE for a PPP fact sheet for you to browse.


Church and School Office Hours
Our Church and School office will be open and have staff coverage Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Feel free to contact any Executive Committee member with any questions, comments or concerns. Our goal is to continue to serve our members as best we can under the most current conditions. If you know someone who is not connected electronically, please reach out to them with this information. This will be posted on our Facebook Page.

 Here are our cancellations at a glance:

  • On-site worship services. These will be live streamed as stated above.    
  • Sunday School, YFC, Cornerstone
  • On-site Bible Studies 
  • On-site Confirmation.  
  • Choir rehearsals  
  • Bible Information Class
  • On-site LES and Little Lambs school.
  • April Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

On-line Learning:

  • LES School – daily
  • Confirmation – first Wednesday of the month
  • Women’s Bible Study – Sunday evenings 

SPLS Update

Last Day of School for SPLS and Little Lambs – Friday, May 22
We will carry on with remote learning until Friday, May 22.  Rather than return after Memorial Day for what would have normally been a couple of lighter school days of cleaning up at school, wrapping up loose ends, celebrating the end of the year, and packing up school supplies, we will end our school year on the last weekday before the holiday.   The fact that we don’t have a Spring Program, Track Meet, End of the Year Field Trip, and other events this school year that normally come at the end of the year means that we had more days of class work than a typical school year in April and May.  This extra academic time we had will more than make up for the earlier ending to our school year.  

CLICK HERE to watch a video about what has been going on at school!


No School on May 1 and May 4
Governor Walz has declared Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4 as days off of schoolfor teachers in Minnesota to prepare remote lesson plans for the final stretch of the school year.  We will match the public schools in taking these days off as well to give our teachers a much needed time to catch up on preparing final remote lesson plans for the final stretch of school to finish out the year.  


Last SPLS and Little Lambs Learning Packet Pick Up – Friday, May 1 
We will have our final learning material pick-up for preschool through 2nd grade and 6-8th grade on Friday, May 1st.  Materials will also be available for pickup on Monday and Tuesday May 4-5th.  Please stop by on those days during our normal office hours of 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. to pick up the learning material packets for your child from the tables inside the glass doors.  

6-8th grade will be receiving their last novel of the year for reading class that we will be reading during the month of May together.  


New Confirmation Date

Confirmation class was originally scheduled for May 3, 2020, but we have postponed that until June 7, 2020 during the 10:30 a.m. service. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Heise. Please also note that this date, while firm, could change depending on regulations coming down from our governor. The confirmation right is a unique experience that can’t really be done digitally. We really wish to handle it in the traditional way. For that reason, a little patience may be needed. Pray that Jesus would less our confirmands and end this pandemic soon.


Here’s some encouragement during these troubling days: 

The Epistle Lesson for the Second Sunday of Easter is packed with reminders of what we Christian possess and that cannot be taken away from us even during a pandemic.  Take to heart the words of 1 Peter 1:3-9 and persevere in joy and confidence:

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4into an inheritance that is undying, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you5Through faith you are being protected by God’s power for the salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
6Because of this you rejoice very much, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various kinds of trials7so that the proven character of your faith—which is more valuable than gold, which passes away even though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him now, yet by believing in him, you are filled with a joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

God’s blessings, 

SPLCS Executive Committee