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Christ Lutheran Church P.O. Box 167 1201 S. Elm Street
Jefferson, IA 50129
515-386-3100 November 2017
Ascension Lutheran Church P.O. Box 183 406 S. 5th Avenue
Coon Rapids, IA 50058
In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, we
are seeing more images of what is often called the
Luther Rose, or Luther Seal. The Luther Seal was
designed for Martin Luther at the behest of John
Frederick of Saxony in 1530, while Luther was staying
at the Coburg Fortress during the Diet of
Augsburg. Luther informed Philipp
Melanchthon on September 15, 1530, that
the Prince had personally visited him in the
Coburg fortress and presented him with a
signet ring, presumably displaying the seal.
Last months newsletter featured a seal
similar to that shown here, but it contained
English wording and only three themes:
Faith Alone, Word Alone and Grace Alone. Courtesy of
Wikipedia, this months newsletter features a a four-
themed Latin version of the Luther rose which adds the
theme of Christ Alone.
Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone") Sola Scriptura, or "scripture alone" (literally "by
scripture alone"), is upheld by Lutheran and Reformed
theologies and asserts that scripture must govern over
church traditions and interpretations which are
themselves held to be subject to scripture. All church
traditions, creeds, and teachings must be in unity with
the teachings of scripture as the divinely inspired Word
of God. Sola Scriptura asserts that the Bible can and is
to be interpreted through itself, with one area of
Scripture being useful for interpreting others. This
principle is largely based on 2 Timothy 3:16, which
says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness." That scripture can
interpret itself is a means by which to show the unity of
Scripture as a whole. As all doctrines are formed via
scriptural understandings, all doctrines must be found to
align with Scripture and as such are then subject to
scripture before the believer can begin to apply them.
Sola fide ("by faith alone") Sola fide, or "faith alone", asserts that good works are
not a means or requisite for salvation. Sola fide is the
teaching that justification (interpreted in the Lutheran
and Reformed theologies as "being declared
just by God") is received by faith alone,
without any need for good works on the part
of the individual. In classical Lutheran and
Reformed theologies, good works are seen
to be evidence of saving faith, but the good
works themselves do not determine
Sola gratia ("by grace alone") Sola gratia, or "only grace", specifically
excludes the merit done by a person as part of achieving
salvation. Sola gratia is the teaching that salvation
comes by divine grace or "unmerited favor" only, not as
something merited by the sinner. This means that
salvation is an unearned gift from God for Jesus' sake.
Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone"
or "through Christ alone") Solus Christus, or "only Christ", excludes the priestly
class as necessary for sacraments. Solus Christus is the
teaching that Christ is the only mediator between God
and man, and that there is salvation through no other
(hence, the phrase, solo Christo, meaning that salvation
is "by Christ alone"). While rejecting all other mediators
between God and man, classical Lutheranism continues
to honor the memory of the Virgin Mary and other
exemplary saints. Martin Luther taught the "general
priesthood of the baptized", which was modified in later
Lutheranism and classical Protestant theology into "the
priesthood of all believers" denying the exclusive use of
the title "priest" (Latin sacerdos) to the clergy.
Peace and blessings be with you,
Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Solo Gratia, Sola Christo!
Community of Faith Page 2
Birthdays & Anniversaries
23-Sue & Harry Shackelford
27-Mark & Mary Bower
Men in Mission Men in Mission is an organization of ELCA men who
gather to do mission with one another and to minister to
CLCs men are involved with the Church of Damascus
Road at correctional facilities at Ft. Dodge and Rockwell
City. Anyone interested in learning more or attending
worship with the Church of Damascus Road this fall may
contact Dave Bohnet for information.
Pr. Terry Ann Mogensen
Phone or text 712-830-3297
Mondays - Off
Tuesdays - Jefferson
Wednesdays - Jefferson
Thursdays - Coon Rapids
Fridays - Coon Rapids
Saturdays - Off
2018 Youth Gathering Registration is OPEN!
ELCA Youth Gathering June 27-July 1, 2018 High School youth are heading to Houston next summer. Registration is now
open!! It's an awesome and formative opportunity for the faith of our youth!!
Check out the ELCA website for all the details:
We hold up in prayer For healing: Verna and Wayne Remme (Luann B's
parents), Tammy Reynosa, Deloris Brede
(Dels mother), Shirley Hoyt, Melba Smith,
Erwin Post (Mary Bs father), Paula Murphy,
Jeanene Baker, Fereleen Acton (friend of
Jeanene), Brandi Stormer, Marlin (Virgils
brother-in-law), Mary Dayton, Cindy Moore,
Emma Dahl, Joyce Hansen (Twylas mother)
and Avril Shahan
In long-term care: Rebecca Franzeen
Cant get to worship every Sunday but still want to
stay in-the-know about church events & concerns?
Ascension and Christ Lutheran announcements are
posted each week to their church websites.
Newsletters, calendars and other important stuff can
also be found on-line.
Check it out!
Community of Faith Page 3
Of special interest to Christ Lutheran members
TLC in November Calling all kids in grades 1-5 / 6-8.
We will have a TLC thankfulness
event on Wednesday, November
15, 2-3:30 pm at the church.
Friends are welcome, but we will
need a permission form available
on our website.
Kids meet monthly during the
school year for a time of snack,
Bible study, crafts, and games. If
you have questions, call Jan at
Christian Ed Opportunities at CLC Brief childrens Sunday School in the fellowship hall following worship
Ecumenical Bible Study every Wednesday 8-9 am at Greene Bean
Coffee in Jefferson
Bible study every Sunday 8-8:45 am before worship, informal & lay-led
Table Grace meal & fellowship at Uptown Caf in Jefferson, at noon on
the first Tuesday each month
ARC Food Pantry collection in
Hot Cocoa Mix
Webb House volunteers November Friday nights
November is CLCs month to
volunteer on Friday nights at Webb
House sponsored by UMC in
Jefferson. Teen activities are
planned from 7-9 pm.
CLC provides volunteers on
November 3, 10 and 17 this year.
Marcy Barlage has helped out with
this local ministry for the last few
years, and she can tell you how easy
and fun it is.
Sign-up sheet is on the table near
the bulletin board. See Pr. Terry if
you have any questions about the
when and how.
Sunday Volunteer Schedule In order to better address volunteer needs for Sunday
worship, the council has created a new format for Host
Team participation. Members have been asked to form
their own teams and schedule times for the first six
months of 2018. Please see the letter mailed to your
home for details and deadlines for responding.
Lesson reading is not included in Host Team
responsibilities, but is scheduled separately.
New responsibilities of Host Teams include:
Welcome & assist worshipers beginning at 8:45 am.
Light candles before or during Gathering hymn.
Take up the collection and usher for Communion.
Assist with serving Communion.
Serve coffee. Treats are optional.
Clean up Communion ware, wash coffee cups,
empty and clean the coffee pot.
Christ Lutherans annual Thankoffering Sunday will be November 12 during worship. CLC women
will be hosts and will present mission offerings during
A sign-up sheet will be available in the narthex, and
offering envelopes will be in your folders. Help our
hearts go where our hands and feet cannot - support
work of the mission of the greater