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WORSHIP TIMES

Sundays @ 9:30am

Wednesdays - Canceled until further notice

WORSHIP TIMES

Sundays @ 9:30am

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm

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Meet Interim Pastor David F. Johnson

         I appreciate the warm and enthusiastic welcome by the Call Committee of Christ Lutheran Church. We discussed the shape of our interim ministry for the congregation for the months ahead. Pastor Mark's presence was also helpful. So I look forward to serving with the best of my ability as your interim pastor to further the ministry of Christ Lutheran Church and prepare for the calling of a new full-time pastor.

         My ordination into the pastoral ministry of the American Lutheran Church was in 1975. This has lead me to not only serve as a parish pastor but also many other pastoral capacities- collage instructor, Hospice and Nursing Home Chaplain, and Alcohol and Drug counselor.

         I retired from the full-time pastoral ministry in June 2016. I served New Hope Community Lutheran Church for over 18 years. Some of you may recognize that Christ Lutheran Church was a sponsoring and supporting congregation, assisting New Hope in its early years to succeed as a viable Lutheran congregation. Thank YOU!

         If you telephone me and receive my voicemail, do not be surprised by "this is the shepherd of four leggeds and two leggeds." For nearly as many years as my ordination, I  have been also engaged in farming. It started with buying 300 acres in NE Iowa and developing a modern dairy farm which I also operated for 8 out of the 14 years of ownership. Now my wife, Sonja, and I operate a 183 acre sheep farm in Buffalo County, NW of Arcadia, WI. We have 177 Ewes (we have been cutting back over the past years) who will lamb in the spring. We raise the lambs by rotational grazing to 70#, selling them to another farmer who will market the meat. Then, we usually take August for travel-- 2018 to Ireland.

          Finally, You should feel free to contact me by telephone at anytime for whatever you may need. I prefer a telephone call, as I  carry my phone with me all the time, and we can immediately talk about whatever arises. I will reply to texts and my email address is shepherdvalley1859@gmail.com  if you have information to pass on. I generally check my email daily but it is not as reliable as a telephone call. 

         So as we begin our ministry together, you will hear more experiences that have blessed my life which I could never have imagined in 1975.

         Blessings in Christ,

              Pastor David F. Johnson

              Interim Pastor

 

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Meet Pastor Homp

Welcome to Christ Lutheran Church and School!  Since you may be looking at us for the first time, I will gladly give you a little information about who we are and what we are about.

Historically, the Lutheran approach to Christendom can be summed up by these watchwords:  Faith Alone, Grace Alone, and Scripture Alone.  In response to Christians who were taught that they could be saved by their works, or even work off their sins, Luther maintained that God tells us we are saved by His Grace, (undeserved love), through Faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and we receive all our doctrines and teachings from the Scriptures only, not the teachings of men.

Christ Lutheran Church was formed in response to a national Lutheran church body being formed via the merger of two different Lutheran church groups.  In order to bring about the merger, God’s Word (the Bible) was being watered-down to reach the lowest common denominator to try to accomodate everyone.  Many saw the red flags waving and could predict a further wandering from the authority of God’s Word, rendering it to only advisory status and being replaced by a social agenda as the driving force in the new church body.  Sadly, that prediction has come to fruition.  Rather than joining with others in that shift of emphasis, Christians intent on keeping the infallible Word of God at the authoritative core of all beliefs and teachings, Christ Lutheran Church was formed.

The Lord has blessed us with a beautiful, functional facility.  We have many young families involved in Christ’s church and school as well as many “seasoned” Christians.  We continue to grow together in faith as we gather often around Word and Sacrament.  God’s Spirit is at work here, it is easy to see!

As I write this, I am in my 11th year of serving this church and school.  In my opinion, things have never been better.  If you would like to be a part of this family of Christians who hope to reach many in our community with the Good News of Jesus—His offer of blood-bought forgiveness, daily presence, and promise of heaven—we welcome you with open arms!  We always have room for another sinner like us, in need of God’s grace!  Let’s talk!  And let’s grow together as we look to God’s Word to guide our lives!

In His Service,

Pastor Mark

 

How Christ Lutheran Church Began

"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain."  - Psalm 127:1

In the spring of 1987 a group of church members made a decision not to be a part of the proposed new Lutheran Church (ELCA).  After receiving information from several clergy this commitment was made for a number of reasons.  Some issues of concern were the constitution for the new church would restrict voting rights for congregations, would take a non-scriptural stand on social issues, and would question the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

May 17, 1987: The congregation voted to become part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Starting on that day a small group of people met in private homes to seek divine guidance to form a new church; knowing that "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." - Pslam 127:1

May 20, 1987: Christ Lutheran Church was selected for a name and a decision to affiliate with the American Association of Lutheran Churches was decided.

May 31, 1987: The small group had grown to (226) people and the first church service was held at Landmark Christian Church.

Land for the new church was purchased in the Township of Hallie on Marjorie and Colome Streets.

August 2, 1987: (132) voting members held the first official congregational meeting at which time Pastor Donald Thorson accepted the call to shepherd the congregation.

May 1987 to November 1989: The Christ Lutheran congregation held services at Chippewa Valley Bible Church and Hallie Methodist Church.

June 3, 1987: The congregation voted to begin construction of the new church.  Ground breaking took place on June 18, 1989. Many ambitious and talented parishes worked with the Laborers for Christ (Missouri Synod) to construct the building.

November 22, 1987: The first service of worship in the new church was held on this Thanksgiving eve.

The Christ Lutheran Congregation has been blessed with two pastors; Pastor Donald Thorson in the beginning years and Pastor Mark Homp at the present time.  They hold first to the truth that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

In 1993 the congregation voted to start a Christian Day School as a church mission. The church and school continue to grow with blessings from the Lord.

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How
Christ Lutheran Church
Began

"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain."  - Psalm 127:1

In the spring of 1987 a group of church members made a decision not to be a part of the proposed new Lutheran Church (ELCA).  After receiving information from several clergy this commitment was made for a number of reasons.  Some issues of concern were the constitution for the new church would restrict voting rights for congregations, would take a non-scriptural stand on social issues, and would question the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

May 17, 1987: The congregation voted to become part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Starting on that day a small group of people met in private homes to seek divine guidance to form a new church; knowing that "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." - Pslam 127:1

May 20, 1987: Christ Lutheran Church was selected for a name and a decision to affiliate with the American Association of Lutheran Churches was decided.

May 31, 1987: The small group had grown to (226) people and the first church service was held at Landmark Christian Church.

Land for the new church was purchased in the Township of Hallie on Marjorie and Colome Streets.

August 2, 1987: (132) voting members held the first official congregational meeting at which time Pastor Donald Thorson accepted the call to shepherd the congregation.

May 1987 to November 1989: The Christ Lutheran congregation held services at Chippewa Valley Bible Church and Hallie Methodist Church.

June 3, 1987: The congregation voted to begin construction of the new church.  Ground breaking took place on June 18, 1989. Many ambitious and talented parishes worked with the Laborers for Christ (Missouri Synod) to construct the building.

November 22, 1987: The first service of worship in the new church was held on this Thanksgiving eve.

The Christ Lutheran Congregation has been blessed with two pastors; Pastor Donald Thorson in the beginning years and Pastor Mark Homp at the present time.  They hold first to the truth that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

In 1993 the congregation voted to start a Christian Day School as a church mission. The church and school continue to grow with blessings from the Lord.