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Bishop’s Messages

An Easter Message from Bishop Kucharek

The Risen Christ is with Us! There are many accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry before his passion and death. Jesus was present with the people; he was known among them: by his family, by his followers, and even by those who felt threatened by him. He was known for...

Exercising Patience as we Begin another Lent in Pandemic

Lent begins this year on February 17 with Ash Wednesday. It was observed by the church since apostolic times, before becoming official at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. Its purpose was to be a time of preparation and fasting during the 40 days before Easter. ...

Christmas in spite of a Pandemic

As we enter the Christmas season, the church brings to a close its four weeks of Advent preparation. Advent has always been a season of waiting, watchfulness, and hope as we prepare for the celebration of God coming to us and becoming one of us in the Christ-Child...

Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty

Fall, like spring, is a season of transition and change. Chilly nights, shorter daylight hours, the changing colors of the leaves, and even the calendar invite us to return to our familiar schedules of life in the church, our work, and school. However, this fall is...

A Word from the Bishop

In the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, we find these words about the Fifth Commandment: “You shall not murder. What does this mean? We are to fear and love God, so that we neither endanger nor harm the lives of our neighbors, but instead help and support them in all...

A Pentecost Message from Bishop Kucharek

Jesus said: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”(Acts1:8). And, “When the day of Pentecost had come...they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts...

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

This Easter, may we look beyond our empty church buildings and, with Mary Magdalene and Peter, see the empty tomb! Let us rejoice in the resurrection and victory of Christ over death and all that would threaten to overtake us!  May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ...

A Message for Holy Week from the Bishop

Sunday, April 5, is Palm Sunday – the beginning of Holy Week. During this week, Christians around the world remember the events of Jesus’ passion and death. This year, our journey with Jesus to the cross and tomb will happen while we are physically separate from each...

A Spiritual Message for the Season from Bishop Kucharek

Beloved in the Lord: As we find ourselves in these challenging and anxious days of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us find ourselves sheltered in our homes and without the face-to-face gatherings which people of faith find comforting especially in times of stress....

A Christmas Message from Bishop Kucharek

At this time of year, you can find nativity scenes in pictures, as figurines with a stable, in Christmas cards, and even in live scenes put on by churches, complete with animals. Though Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus are always the main focus, these nativity scenes (or...