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Wading Without Eroding
“Wade in the Water” is a popular hymn. It was initially a spiritual for runaway slaves to tell them to take the water instead of the walking paths so as to escape the dogs chasing them. It also references the healing stories that took place with water.
To wade through the water means to walk through the water. Wading in general means to walk through any sort of liquid or soft substance. I can wade through the water and I can also wade through the ‘mud’ next to my parent’s cattle barn after it rains. As much as I love the imagery of running into a lake or ocean, I think it is safe to say the 2020 has felt more like trying to run through the muck by the cattle barn.
(This further analogy may stick to some and go over others, but it happened a lot to me…) The boot is stuck in and won’t budge. You are left wonder if you have the right balance to take your foot out and pull the boot up without falling or accept that your going to be changing socks as you walk home with one less boot. (End childhood reminiscence.)
Perhaps wading through a substance of your choice is a good way to think about living life. We keep walking through life while waves come at us from different angles. You want a good job? You have to wade through school first. You want a house? You have to wade through mortgages, real estate agents, and contractors. You want to have a nice weekend? You have to wade through the week first. This doesn’t even take into account wading through sickness, death, job loss, wind storms, and everything else the world throws at us.
One of the marks of the Christian life is continuing to wade on through life because of our faith in Jesus Christ. St Paul writes this to the Philippians, “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

We are called to make our lives our own and to let them be symbolized for by the love of Jesus Christ. This is what brings me to erosion.
As the waves continually crash against rocks, sand, and man-made things over time erosion takes place. Some of the rock, wood, sand, and metal slowly disintegrate. After enough time the structures can collapse. It falls into the water to be carried away. It no longer can wade through the water.
This is the same for any person. If we stop moving forward and focus on the waves and water instead of moving through them we will see erosion. Letting everything going on paralyze us and stop us from looking for what to do next does not reflect Jesus’ ministry as he made his way to Jerusalem to be killed. It does not reflect God’s will for us. Luckily, we can know that God is wading through the water or ‘mud’ with us.
   As we wade through this month, year, and this awful pandemic, let us remember that God has us. Jesus is the proof of that. We can keep living and take what comes in our lives knowing that God’s love is supporting and leading us. Jesus went on to prepare a place for us with our eternal God. He also has gone ahead to the next second of your life to protect and serve you.
Liturgical Nerd Notes –
Worship in September
For the month of September and possibly more we will be worshiping on the church lawn instead of the sanctuary on Sundays at 9:30 am. Worshiping outside minimizes the risk to exposure to COVID-19. It also allows us to sing loudly and proudly. Bring a lawn chair or stay in your vehicle. Either way, come enjoy a communion worship service with God’s children of Augustana Lutheran Church. (Please Note: If Henry Country has to go back to phase 3 then we will do worship in our vehicles only.)
If you cannot make it to worship or wish to be as safe as possible and not attend do not worry! We are continuing to post online services. It is my hope that our YouTube Live channel will get running so that people can watch worship in real time. The recording of the service will then be posted later that day or on Monday.
   God’s blessings be to all of you as we continue to worship together no matter where we are. Remember, the church is the people! Thanks be to God!
The following have been elected to positions of leadership and trust at Augustana Lutheran Church:
Kathy Atwell, Bonnie Bandelow secretaryBryan Johnson  vice chairmanNicholas Swanson, Emily Maertens, Jeanine Lees, Mindy Poppy, Linda Papoccia, Jeanine Westerlund, Michael Carlson and Pastor Reed Pedersen

Contact info. for all Council members found on Website Leadership Page...Link HERE
May God bless them, and direct their deeds in peace, that they may be faithful servants of Christ.
Congregation Council Meeting
  • Council met on the lawn outside the Library at 10:45 am, August 16.
  • Megan brought Ezekiel over for us to see. He’s a keeper. 
  • Starting at 9:30 am on Sunday, August 30, drive-up services will be held   EVERY Sunday, and will include communion. Bring lawn chairs or remain in your vehicle. Wear masks and observe social distancing. 
  • The actual service will be live streamed and posted Sunday        evenings for those who are unable to attend. 
  • The Property Committee met. The boiler inspection found leaks in 2 valves in the Education Wing and the 28-year old kitchen water heater. A new water heater has been installed and leaky valves repaired. 
  • The leak in Luther Hall ceiling is back. Bryan inspected the roofs of Luther Hall and the Education Wing. He took pictures and measurements. They will be getting estimates. 
  • Mold is coming back in the Parsonage basement. Steve Gray & Rocky Atwell will be fixing the leak(s) responsible. 
  • The derecho storm took down a large tree in the west lawn. Thank you to all who helped clean that up. 
  • Thanks also to all who took down the dead tree east of the church and cleaned up afterwards. 
  • The next Church Council meeting will be after services on Sunday, September 20.

September Birthdays
01    Wanda Lowery
02    Richard Parrett
03    Deanna Swanson
04    John Zurcher
        Everleigh Ruthaivilavan
05    Brook Carlson
06    David Peterson
        Wayne Dismer, Jr.
07    Cletus Johnson
08    Katreena Barham
        Kayla Barham
16    Kevin Poppy
18    Terri Nelson
20    Anna Scott
23    Joyce Carlson
24    Sarah Kettler
25    Sally Reinhart
        Bryan Johnson
        Deb Peterson
27    Marilyn Johnson
        Andy Green
        Ashley Rickey
29   Jane Anderson
September Anniversaries
06    Paul and Midge Larson
09    Steve and Karen Sayre
10    Dellmore and Patricia Brodd
        Neal and Lori Nelson
14    Ron and Eilene Peterson
       John and Chrissy Zurcher
16    Morgan and Justin Watson
24    Kristin and John Burns
        Doug and Terri Nelson
Click Here to see status of Sanctuary Modernization Fund Appeal (updated weekly)
Please note:
There will be no
God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday
this year!
Sons and Daughters of Thunder Awards

Sons & Daughters of Thunder, a docudrama  produced by Moline-based Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, received seven awards at the 29th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) Award Ceremony on Saturday evening, August 8. Due to COVID-19, the event was held online this year. Sons & Daughters of Thunder received eight IMPA nominations, and won five top Awards of Excellence. Visit for more  details.
Principal photography for Sons & Daughters of Thunder took place at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover; in Sterling at the Dillon Home Museum; the Karpeles Manuscript MuseumAugustana's House on the Hill in Rock Island; the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, Ohio; and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut. DVD’s of the documentary are available at Central Bank, Andover, LaneRebels or, and it can be streamed via Vimeo On Demand.
Ron Peterson
College Bound Students
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Jenna Zurcher
Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Spanish Minor

Centennial Honors College -
Western Illinois University

Recipient of the Charles and Barbara Joan Flack
Pre-Law Scholarship
We offer our Christian sympathy and prayers for the family and friends of Lovadee Gunnerson.
Lovadee, 89, died on August 28, 2020, peacefully at her home. A private family funeral service was held Monday, August 31, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory in Geneseo with burial at Rosedale Cemetery in Cambridge. Memorials can be made in her name to National Fragile X, Cambridge Lutheran Church, or the Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities.
To read Lovadee’s complete obituary, click here
.We offer our Christian sympathy and prayers for the family and friends of Donald W. Stromquist 
Donald, 99, died August 3, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. Cremation rites were accorded in Arizona. The funeral and burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Don had been living near family members in Arizona.
To read Don’s complete obituary click here      

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