Co-ed Softball Team!

March 31st, 2015

Co-ed Softball Team “The A.L.C. Angels” 

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Connect with others, get some exercise outdoors and have FUN this summer! Sign up yourself and invite a friend to participate in the new co-ed softball team at the church, The A.L.C Angels!

Games will be held Friday evenings either at 6:30, 7:45 or 9:00pm at George Izay Park, 1111 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506, competing against other Burbank teams in the church league.
Season begins May 1st and goes to August 7th (with no games over 4th of July and Memorial Day weekends).

Must be 18 years or older to play.

Keep the spirit alive and help American Lutheran Church win back the title it earned 10 years ago.

Holy Week Begins

March 26th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

There is no more important time in the life of a Christian and the community of faith than Holy Week, the heart of the church year, which begins on Palm/Passion Sunday, March 29th. As Jesus enters Jerusalem on the last week of his life we walk the journey with him from the joyful palm procession, to the Last Supper with his disciples on Maundy Thursday, to the agony of the cross on Good Friday, to the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter.

Plan to gather in worship with your sisters and brothers in Christ  as we enter fully into the mystery of God’s deep love for us, a love which transforms us daily from death to new life.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen

Transformed

March 20th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

In his book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr writes that “…the great difference between transformed and non-transformed people” is that “great people come to serve, not to be served.Indeed, everything changes when we stop worrying and grasping for what we can get for ourselves, and focus instead on what we can give to others.

As our Lenten journey brings us with Jesus closer to the cross, we’re reminded that we find our lives in losing them; and that the path of suffering and dying leads to resurrection and new life.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen

Saved Through Faith and Grace

March 12th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

We are now more than halfway through the season of Lent, a time when we courageously face the darkness in order to live fully in the light of God’s grace. In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, we are reminded that “by grace [we] have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). The Gospel reading this Sunday also reminds us of the grace that saves us: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16).

In her poem The Avowal, Denise Levertov paints another picture of the gift of God’s grace into which we are invited to trust.

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
free fall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen

Fresh Eyes

March 6th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

So did you see the black and blue dress or the white and gold one? As the dressgate debate was being played out last week in the media, it showed how different people can see the same thing in different ways. And how we can become so rigid in one interpretation, that it doesn’t allow for other perspectives.

Jesus came to give us fresh eyes to see in a new way. So that together we might work to make God’s vision the new reality in our lives and world.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen