Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pembine, Wisconsin|
Dedicated to Christ; committed to sharing God's love.
Pastor Doug's Contacts:
P.O. Box 535 Florence, Wis 54121
Office Telephone #: 715-528-4851
Home Telephone #: 715-528-4458
Cellphone #: 715-938-0962
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Winter Office Hours|
Office open Monday and Tuesday- 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon
Pembine Office Telephone #: 715-324-5899
Ash Wednesday.......................March 5th- 7::00 p.m.
"Change of Season" .................March 12th- 7:00 p.m.
"Change of Habit" ..................March 19th- 7:00 p.m.
"Change of Circumstances............March 26th- 7:00 p.m.
"Change of Heart" ..................April 2nd- 7:00 p.m.
"Change of Plans" ..................April 9th- 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday ....................April 17th- 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday ........................April 18th- 7:00 p.m.
Easter Son Rise Service ............April 20th- 7:00 a.m.
Easter Breakfast...................." " " "-8:00-9:00 a.m.
Easter Festival Service............." " " "-9:30 a.m.
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Our Interim Pastor Doug|
Pictured below are Interim Pastor Doug Johnson and his wife, Elaine. Pastor Doug was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He is currently serving as pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church both of Florence. He has served in Florence for 25 years and is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination this fall. Pastor Doug is also currently serving in his second term as Secretary of the Northern Great Lakes Synod and by virtue of that office serves on the Synod Council and the Synod Executive Committee. He has served as an interim pastor in three previous settings: United, Crystal Falls; Bethany, Amasa & Trinity, Stambaugh; and most recently at Calvary in Quinnesec.
Pastor Doug is the Chief Deputy Coroner of Florence County and also serves as Chair of the Florence County Emergency Planning Committee. He recently retired from 23 years of service as an EMT on the Florence Rescue Squad.
Pastor Doug has been married to Elaine for 8 years and they have a grown son who lives in Green Bay. Pastor Doug enjoys reading novels, traveling, working in his yard, and being with his family.
We welcome you Pastor Doug!
From the Pastor|
|Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
God already knows who the next pastor of Grace Lutheran Church will be! Now God needs to work through us human beings and the structures of our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to get the pastor to Pembine.
Last week I had a discussion with Bishop Skrenes about how things are going in the search for a pastor for Grace. He let me
know that Grace and two other congregations are at the top of his list. He also mentioned that he had recently shared Grace's Ministry Site Profile with a potential candidate who might be interested in coming to our Northern Great Lake Synod. this candidate decided to interview at a different congregation in a different synod.
Bishop Skrenes faces two significant challenges in trying to bring pastors from other Synods to the north woods of Northern Wisconsin. Here they are:
Challenge #1: Salary- We all know that the area in which we live is not the economic stronghold of the United States. the vast majority of us could go somewhere else in the United States and make much more money for doing the same work. Some pastors need higher salaries than the smaller churches in our Synod can pay. They need to pay off education loans from Seminary and/or college. Or perhaps they have several children and need more income. What we DO have to offer in this area is a lifestyle and the beautiful north woods. So our Synod needs to attract pastor who are willing to trade lower salaries for the life style and the environment we have to offer.
Challenge #2. Employment for the pastor's spouse. Now-a-days, as we all know, it is imperative that both spouses in a family have employment. If a pastor accepts a call to Pembine, or so many other locations in this part of the upper Midwest, where is their spouse going to be employed? Maybe the spouse is a school teacher and can find a job in the area. Maybe the spouse is a nurse and can find a job in Marinette or Iron Mountain. Maybe the spouse is an engineer of some kind and there is no job closer than Green Bay. So one of the things a pastor who might interview at Grace will look at is where his or her spouse will be able to find a job. Given those two challenges what often happens is a candidate will look at a potential call in our synod and a potential call in southern Wisconsin, or suburban Illinois, or rural Iowa, and they most often will NOT choose the Northern Great Lakes Synod because they can make more money, or their spouse can find a job or better job somewhere else. Also worth mentioning is that there are simply not enough pastors to go around. For example, this spring the 65 synod Bishops of the ELCAS made over 300 requests for seminary spring graduates. The problem is there are only about 150 graduates. None of the 65 synods will receive the needed new young seminary grads for pastoral calls. It will be no different in our Northern Great Lakes Synod.
Now having said all of that, I will say this...God already knows who the next pastor of Grace is going to be. Let us be in prayer for that person to hear God's call to come to Pembine. And let us be patient as things work out in God's time. God be with that candidate, and with Bishop Skrenes, and with us during this interim time.
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Traditionally, Epiphany Day marks the arrival of the Magi, or wise men, to worship the infant Jesus. the significance of Epiphany for Christians is that it symbolized the first recognition of Christ by Gentiles, or non-Jews.
The season of Epiphany emphasizes the divine nature of Jesus, the light of the work. Symbols for the season include light, a star, and the color green, which represents life, growth, hope and eternity.
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February 2, 2014|
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