"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church in and Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
In our synod's statement of purpose
we proclaim the core belief that Christ is working to stir in us bolder trust in God's work through us. This often leads to the expectation that God will continue to do new things in our midst and that we get to be part of that work. Indeed, that is exciting work!
However, today we are called to that same trust as we close one of our mission start congregations. After much prayer and discernment, the ministry of Pueblo de Fe will come to an end on July 23rd.
While this is not an easy time for anyone involved with this ministry, it is also a time in which we are called to cling to the goodness of God. We are able to trust that the power of the Risen Christ is still at work. As we say goodbye to this ministry we know that this is not the end of our work in this synod with our Latino brothers and sisters. We also give thanks to God for the twenty-two years of ministry through the people of Pueblo de Fe.
Please keep the members of Pueblo de Fe in your prayers, as well as Pastor Jacqueline Belzer in this time of transition. Join us on Sunday July 23rd at 2:00 PM at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church (1575 Charlton Street, West Saint Paul, MN 55118) for a service of closing and a celebration of what God has done and what God will continue to do.
Grace and peace,
Justin Grimm, Director for Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop for Next Generation Ministries
Patricia Lull, Bishop