What a joy it was for us to gather together as a congregation on Sunday the 29th of September to officially become a constituted congregation in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
It was a warm day, with not a cloud in the sky. Fifty three souls attended the service, 27 of whom are members of St. Andrew. Reverend Doctor Steve Schave, President Roger Schlechte (Rocky Mountain District) and Reverend John Heffelfinger (Redeemer, Albuquerque) were among our distinguished guests. We were very pleased to have such an outpouring of support and it was during the sermon that I preached of the gratitude that we have for our Gracious Lords faithfulness to us through all of our supporters financial gifts and continued prayers.
I am thankful that we were able to progress so quickly in this endeavor and the next steps will include a meager congregational budget and continued work of evangelizing the neighborhood.
In an update of my previous newsletter, the scripts are written for the videos that we will put together and the hardware (microphone etc.) has been purchased so recording will begin in earnest within the next 2-3 weeks. I continue to attend to the souls at the Rio at Las Estancias, I have finalized all of my training to begin at the Metro Detention Center and weekly ‘cold’ visits to the hospitals continues as we maintain our focus of proclaiming the gospel to the people of Southwest Albuquerque.