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May 2015 Pastor's letter
Dear Fellow Followers of Jesus:

Recently, I have received a call to serve two congregations in Wisconsin � St. James Lutheran Church in Necedah and St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Miner. Sometime before the end of the month of May I will announce to the congregation whether I accept or decline this call to minister to Lutherans in Wisconsin. In the denomination of the Lutheran Church�Missouri Synod our churches without a full-time pastor work through voters� meetings to consider and extend calls to Lutheran pastors. I will be praying a lot to know what God�s will is in this matter. I encourage your prayers for Mary and myself at this time as well. A little over 13 years ago I received the call to serve St. Paul Lutheran Church in Plankinton and Trinity Lutheran Church in White Lake.
Article 14 of our Lutheran Confessions in the Augsburg Confession of the Book of Concord states, �It is taught among us that nobody should publicly teach or preach or administer the sacraments in the church without a regular call.�
As Lutherans we believe that the Lord wants us to call pastors through Lutheran congregations. One of the Bible passages that we believe gives our Lutheran congregations the duty to call a pastor to �publicly teach or preach or administer the sacraments (of Baptism and the Lord�s Supper)� is 1 Peter 2:9, �But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.�
As a royal priesthood of believers in Jesus Christ Lutheran congregations call a pastor to teach and to preach the Good News of the crucified and risen Jesus and to administer Baptism and the Lord�s Supper to our congregations, because �all things should be done decently and in order� (1 Corinthians 14:40).

In Jesus Christ�s Service,
Pastor Richard Milbrandt

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