Text Box: Friends in Christ,

It is hard to believe, but May is already in our midst.  Winter seems hardly like a memory, but as we turn the calendar into May, let us joyfully look for the spring flowers. 

This year, Pentecost falls on May 20th, which means itís Confirmation day at St. Johnís.  Peyton Henken and Haylee Schuler will be confirmed after participating in this 2-year study of the Bible and their faith.  They have memorized the books of the Bible, 
studied the Old and the New Testament and let us not forget Luther's Small Catechism, which includes the Lordís Prayer, the Apostles Creed, the Ten Commandments, Baptism and Communion.  

This Confirmation Sunday will be my first as a pastor, and I am certainly looking 
forward to this day.  It is going to be a beautiful, blessed day as we confirm two amazing young ladies.  

Can you remember your confirmation?  I can. Somewhat. Have you ever wondered 
to yourself, or even out-loud, what is the purpose of confirmation?  Perhaps the best way to look at our confirmation is that it could be called Affirmation of Baptism.  
Confirmation completes our Baptism. 

At our affirmation of baptism, confirmands are asked to make this promise for 
themselvesÖ.. to live among Godís faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lordís Supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through Word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. These are the promises that Payton and Haylee will make as they affirm their baptism, and the promises that we made in ours. 

Please join me in holding Payton, Haylee and all our confirmands, both past, present and future, in our prayers. That they, we, see Godís hand holding and guiding us, and that Godís love surrounds us and strengthens us to continue this journey that we all 
began at our Baptisms. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Debbie

Dream Big, Everything is Possible with God!!