April 1- TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm
                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Womens NA 8pm

April 2 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-Anon 9:30am

                Soup Supper 6pm

                Worship 7pm

                W &M 7:30pm

April 3 – BAM 6pm

                Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

                Property 7pm

April 4 – Adult Boy Scouts 7pm

                Needlers 7pm

April 5 – Mda Muscle Walk

April 6 – Worship 8:30&11am

                Bam Performs

                Sunday School 9:45am

                New Members Class 9:45am

April 7 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Finance 7pm

                NA 7pm

April 8 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Womens NA 8pm

April 9 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-Anon 9:30am

                Hope Circle 1pm

                Soup Supper 6pm

                Worship 7pm

April 10 – Social Hall Reserved

                Bam 6pm

                Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

April 11 -

April 12 –

April 13 – Worship 8:30&11am

                New Members Class 9:45am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                Worship @ Miller’s 2pm

April 14 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

April 15 – Food Pantry (must preregister)

                TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Esther Circle 7:30pm

                Womens NA 8pm

April 16 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-Anon 9:30am

                Rebecca Circle 1:30pm

                GreifSHare 6:30pm

April 17 – Worship 11am

                Over 70 Luncheon 12pm

                Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                Worship 7pm

April 18 - Grant Deadline!

                Worship 7pm

April 19 – Knitting Guild

April 20 – Worship 7:30, 8:30, 11am

                Breakfast 8am

April 21 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

April 22 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm
                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

April 23- Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Choir 6:30pm

April 24 – Bam 6pm

                Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

April 25 – Social Hall Reserved

                Needlers Sleepover 7pm

April 26 – Wedding

                WELCA Gathering

April 27 – Worship 8:30&11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                Social Hall Reserved

April 28 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

April 29 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Womens NA 8pm

April 30- Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Choir 6:30pm

May 1 – BAM 6pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

                Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                Property 7pm

 

WELCOME TO AUGUSTANA HOBART

     Welcome to Augustana Lutheran Church, Hobart, Indiana. We are a worshiping community of baptized members of the Church of Christ, reponding in faith to the call of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, preaching the Word, adminsitering the sacraments, and carrying out God's mission.

           We encourage you to look over our site. In our Home section you can find a devotional message we hope you find benficial. In the About Us section you will find information about our congregations history, and about the major ministries of the congregation. Check out or Frequetly Asked Questions, or FAQ, to find some of the answers we frequently get about us, such as worship times. Special Events are listed in our Services section, as some information about our worship life. The Contact Us section includes information about how to contact us, as well as a way for you to have us contact you. Finaly, the Gallery has some photos of our life here at Augustana.

          We hope you find our web site helpful and informative. Feel free to join us for worship. In the end we hope you find a measure of God's grace with us.

DEVOTIONS
MISSION STATEMENT

We, the people of Augustana, as a community of faith called by Christ to the fullness
of life in God commit ourselves to:

Worship God through word and sacrament

Teach the Gospel message Grace

Promote renewal and outreach

Share the blessings of God’s love

Support and equip one another in our calling

Celebrate and affirm our gifts

Serve our lording the church, society and world

In grateful & faithful response to God’s grace we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling these through word and by action in obedience to the command of Christ.

Amen
Last week's sermon

Easter 2014

John 20                                            INI

I met Vinnie in Florida. He’d grown up in New York, where the name for a person like him was lowlife thug. If someone owed you money and wasn’t paying, you’d hire Vinnie to beat him up. If you needed cash, you could hire Vinnie to burn your garage for the insurance and hope he didn’t set himself on fire. If Vinnie needed cash he would stage an accident and sue the business where he was “hurt.” That was Vinnie.

Up in New York it got to where Vinnie had to get out or get killed. So he came to Florida and tried to start a new life. Now, Vinnie had this giant tattoo on his shoulder that was left over from his thug days. I forget what all was in it, a skull and some other stuff. He decided that he would not have it removed. Instead, he added new things to the tattoo, like a cross and some flowers, and a chain around the bad stuff to wall it in.

He saw it this way: his days as a thug were a permanent part of his life. The memories, the police record, the consequences, were all there and he could not change the facts of the past. But by giving his life a new future he could change the meaning of the past. He could make his past something that served a new future. That is what redemption means.

The Easter story is also full of folks whose only hope is that redemption works. Everyone in this story has painful scars and regrets. Here is Peter. He had a chance to man up the night Jesus was arrested. They asked him if he was a follower of Jesus. He could have said, “Yeah, I am – what of it?” But instead he said, “Uh – heck no don’t say that.” He wimped out.

The other disciple did better, but he was helpless to save Jesus’ life.

Mary Magdalene? Jesus had thrown seven demons out of her. Her life had been a mess and Jesus had put her together. And now he was dead.

What happens next is that God writes a new end to Jesus’ life, so that he in turn can write new ends to the stained and broken lives of his friends. Death and disgrace are not definitive. Peter’s failure becomes a story of forgiveness. He can draw from it not a lesson about what a mess-up he is, but a lesson of God’s faithfulness and the chance for a fresh start even after disaster. He can draw from his failure a gentleness and an empathy with human failings which will serve him well when dealing with others.

Mary Magdalene? Her story is not a victim’s tale, that just when life gets good tragedy takes it all away. It’s not that you finally meet a guy who treats you nice and then you have to bury him. Her story is that the Lord who made her sane is strong enough now to do the same for the world.

This gives us robust confidence as we face life. Our hope doesn’t depend on all turning out right, no mistakes or misfortunes. Nor does it depend on unrealistically pretending bad things didn’t happen, or trying to snip them out of our lives. Bad may happen and we may do wrong, and this remains part of who we are. But the situation is not beyond God’s power to redeem. Resurrection’s new end rewrites the meaning of all that has gone before. It becomes wisdom, compassion, insight, understanding.

I suspect most of us in the room today have at least one cringeworthy memory somewhere, a stain on life that just won’t come out and has to be lived with. There is not a single person in this room who does not

have some form of inner shakiness or vulnerability that could shake

loose again. That is part of being human. Too often I have talked with people who feared that one huge blunder, one bad turn, one bad stretch, had made them unworthy of happiness or unfit for full participation in the human race. For them life goes on, but not well. They sneak around afraid that someone will discover their awful secret. They feel that they don’t belong in church.

The anger and the yelling and the drug abuse and the infidelity and the years when you never stood up for yourself; the times when you got fooled because you were too nice or got dumped because you weren’t; those days are part of the permanent record of life. But in the dawning light of resurrection they can become testimony to God’s longsuffering, patient, skillful and relentless loving pursuit of those he loves. His ability to reach down into the most unpromising life to find a beloved child. Then in us these same experiences become reservoirs of wisdom learned the hard way, of understanding that leads to kindness, empathy and humility. Most of what we ever learn we seem to learn from pain.

Even raised from the dead, Jesus continued to wear his wounds. In fact, they were how he identified himself to his friends. We too wear our scars as signs of what we have experienced, and how God has healed us.

But in Vinnie’s case there’s a cautionary tale. It ended up badly. He got in some big fights with people in the church, his marriage blew up, and in the end he died mysteriously at home at age 37. Not sure what it was. So the new life didn’t hold. Unfortunately it takes more than a modified tattoo. In Vinnie’s case religion didn’t get past being one more hustle, one more thing he tried to do to get by. The new life goes further. It takes dying to an old way of life, and putting our confidence in the one who raises us with himself – the transformation and renewal of life.

In the words of a German pastor, Juergen Moltmann, In this Spirit of the resurrection I can here and now wholly live, wholly love and wholly die, for I know with certainty that I shall wholly rise again. In this hope I can love all created things, for I know that none of them will be lost.

WORSHIP TIMES:

       8:30 and 11:00am

SUNDAY SCHOOL:

     9:45 to10:45 (Sept- May)

 

 

 

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Augustana Hobart
207 Kelly Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: 219 -942-3574
Email: augustanahobart@gmail.com

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