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From Your Pastor
September 2018


Allow me to spring from this “back to school” season into a reflection upon teachers and learners.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) had a gifted confessor and teacher named Johann von Staupitz (1460-1524), who was instrumental in discipling Luther. Perhaps the most strategic move by Staupitz was to launch Luther along the path of becoming a professor of biblical studies.

Staupitz encouraged Luther’s vocation as a teacher because he saw that Luther himself still had much to learn. In order to teach the scriptures better, Luther studied with ever greater curiosity and inquiry into the ways of God.

I trust that you have had effective and memorable teachers in your life, too. Ultimately, the best teachers equip us to become next-generation teachers ourselves.

A great way to honor your teachers is to “pay it forward” as a coach, instructor, and mentor for youth.

Here are some ways you can directly impact students:

    Ask at your nearest school how you could help as a coach, homework helper, reader, or maybe even serve in some way you haven’t yet imagined.

    Help as a teacher right here at church, by teaching some Wednesday afternoon JAM sessions, helping with crafts, music, or storytelling. Maybe there’s even a subject              about which you could lead an adult class, too!

    Give dollars to Ascension’s outreach through the “Food for Backpacks” program that sends food-insecure kids home with some food items for each weekend. Albert Lea         churches are cooperating in this effort, and Ascension is partnering particularly with nearby Sibley School.

    You are a gifted learner-teacher, and Jesus asks you to do God’s work with your hands!

Pastor Mark Boorsma