We want it to be of public record that all are welcome here. We want it to be known that those who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol (whether recovering or not) and their families are welcome here. We want it to be known that women and children are welcome here and that they will not be harassed or abused here. We want it to be of public record that in this congregation you can bring children to worship and even if they cry during the entire service, they are welcome here. We want it known that those who are single by choice, by divorce or through the death of a spouse are welcome here. We want it known that if you are promiscuous, have had an abortion, or have fathered children and taken no responsibility for them, you are welcome here. We want it known that cheats, liars, and their families are welcome here. We want it to be known that those who are disobedient to their parents and who have family problems are welcome here. We want it to be of public record that gays and lesbians and members of their families are welcome here. Let it be public knowledge that we at Hope Lutheran Church take seriously that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The young and old, the rich, the poor, all of the broken are welcome here. We want it to be public knowledge that we are justified by the grace of God, which is a gift through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. We offer welcome here because we believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for the ungodly. That's us. Christ did not die for us after we showed signs of "getting it all together." Christ loved and still shows love to us though we are yet sinners. Sinners are welcome here, sinners like you and me and like our neighbors. Let us not condemn the world, but let us proclaim to a broken and hurting world God's forgiveness and grace. We want it to be of public record that since we are a sinful people that we will not always be as quick to welcome as we should. Let us be quick to admit our sin and seek forgiveness. May God give us the grace to welcome and forgive one another as Christ has welcomed and forgiven us.
Originally written by Pastor Chuck Hazlett, Pastor of Custer Lutheran Fellowship, 1978-1998. Used with permission.
About Our Pastor
Some info about me: I'm a "2nd career" pastor. My first career was in education, with a focus on children with special needs. It was a fulfilling calling, but another calling had been nudging me toward ministry for about twenty years! So, I listened to God’s call and graduated from Luther Seminary in 2018.
Some of my loves include: spending time with family and friends, reading, hiking, baking, volunteering, traveling, learning new things and listening to people's stories of their faith journey. So, if you feel inclined, it would be great to hear your story.
I am Mom to three grown children who have, so far, blessed me with four beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy seeing them as much as possible.
My husband Mike works at the Powell Middle School. He enjoys being around all the people, especially the students.
We have a dog named Tucker. He is a goldendoodle. Tucker likes to hang out at the church and greet everyone who enters the building. His favorite thing to do is play frisbee.
We feel blessed to have been called to Wyoming and the amazing people of Hope Lutheran Church.
God's blessings as we continue to be a living and loving example of our God and Savior.
In Christ, all are welcome.
Reverend Donna Putney