This is Christ's Church + All Are Welcome +
God Loves You As You Are +
Sharing Christ in Faith, Fellowship, and Service
914 West Blvd. So.
Columbia, MO 65203 [map]
Church office hours:
Mondays - Thursdays: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Fridays: 9 am - 4 pm
Office closed 12:30 - 1:30 pm daily for lunch
Most recent newsletters:
Saints Alive paper newsletter August 27, 2015
Saints e-Live online newsletter August 21, 2015
Documentary by Daniel Shapiro and Greyson Holliday from St. A's Mission to Pine Ridge Reservation.
Video coverage of the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit
Sunday School on SUMMER BREAK. Will resume September 13.
Welcome! or Welcome Back!
9:45 am Sunday August 30
Activities and S.S. registration
God's Work Our Hands Sunday
Mission Meal September 27th
October 25, 11 am
An Intergenerational Event
Saturday, October 31st
November 1st, 11 am
A Message from our Synod Bishop:
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Central States Synod,
The Church must speak out. The Church – that’s all of us, brother and sister Christians in the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and I – cannot be silent when the evil of racism explodes in the murders of nine African American people allegedly by a white man as they gathered for prayer at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last evening.
We might wonder, “What can I do, what can I say, that can have any impact on such a massive problem?” We can call racism what it is: a tangible evil that takes lives; an evil that survives and thrives on a toxic mix of ignorance and fear. As our Dean in St. Louis, Rev. Roy Christell, pointed out in an email to his pastors, we are a predominantly white church; as such we can and should take the first step in creating relationships that dispel that ignorance and heal that fear. When we hear hate speech or see a hateful act we can stand up and confront it, and do so as people of faith. God’s Word announces to us that we all “are one in Christ.” (Gal 3:28). That is the identity that God gives us, and with it comes the responsibility and opportunity to live as if we believed it to be true. The willingness to live that life doesn’t depend on how others receive us; it depends on our trust in the God who is making all things new. That trust is itself a gift of God. Let’s use it.
Finally, I ask you to join me in prayer for the loved ones of those who were killed at Emanuel last night, that in the midst of grief and pain they might feel God’s own comfort in the love of friend and stranger alike. Thank you for your faithful witness to the saving love of Christ.
Roger Gustafson, Bishop