Let’s Go!

And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.  They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky?  This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”     -Acts 1:9-11

We are in a season of new starts, kids and teachers going back to school, college students digging to their studies and a new season of ministry.  I am encouraged and moved by the words of the book of Acts.  Jesus had completed His journey to the cross.  God had raised Him from the dead and Acts records the beautiful event of His ascension.  As His disciples wonder what is next, the “two men standing beside them” spoke words of encouragment, we are encouraged by these words today, “Why do you stand looking in the sky?  This Jesus, who has been taken up into heaven, will come just in the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” As we wait for the return of Christ, what are we to do?  How are we to live?  

Let’s go!  Let’s get to work and see what God has in store for us.  In the previous verses God promised, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)  God has given us everything that we need to reach the world for Christ.  He has given us His Holy Spirit, His life-giving Word, the Church and each other to fulfill this mission.  For the disciples and for us there is no time to sit idle, God calls us to live and serve in the power of His Spirit! 

Each year during this time we anticipate the start of various ministries, Bible Studies and more “regular” schedules in our families.   Each year there is anticipation and excitement, what does God have in store for us together as a parish and as families.   For example, as Sunday School begins we pray for the teachers, helpers, students, families and lives that will be changed during this time.  Parents let’s make these great times of learning for our students.  Let’s prepare the night before and plan so that they are the best they can be.  Parents let’s model what it is to worship together as family and make Sunday worship a regular part of our week.  Let’s go and see what God will do in our lives and the lives of our families.  Praise God for all of our willing workers and helpers who take the time to teach and work with our kids. 

During the coming months there will also be other opportunities for Spiritual growth and maybe as you are reading this you have never been a part of a small group or Bible Study, God desires for us to “stop looking up,” and waiting for His return and calls us to grow in our walk with God, always eagerly waiting His return.  What are we doing with our time and resources?  Having asked this question it is an indication where our heart and priorities are.  

As I reflect on these verses as one of your pastors I want to give myself anew to what God wants to do in and through me as one of your spiritual leaders.  I am praying that God would revive us “according to His Word.”  I am praying that God would move us to greater action in a world that desperately needs Jesus.  One of the awesome things about the body of Christ that God has gifted each believer with a spiritual gift.  Let’s pray and ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to us what that gift is and how it can be used in the ministry of the body of Christ.  If you have ministry ideas or ways that you would like to use your spiritual gift we are open to ideas and want you to serve in a way that God has gifted you.  This month our Parish Council will meet and plan and pray for God’s leading as we move into the next year(s).  We have been blessed with wonderful spiritual leaders in our churches.  Please pray for us as we seek God will and follow His Word.  We look to Jesus, we wait for His return and we get the privilege of being involved in what He is doing.  Let’s go!

Serving Together,   Pastor Mark Johnson


Ministerial Acts


Frank  T. Melby, age 83

Tordenskjold – August 30, 2018



Sunday School begins September 16

Our parish Sunday Schools resume on September 16:

Kvam – 9:00 a.m.

Tordenskjold – 9:00 a.m. (Adult Bible study led by Bill Sonmor)

Zion-Sarpsborg – 10:30 a.m. (Adult Bible study led by Dave Anderson)

Invite others to come to Sunday School with you!



Preaching Rotation  & Scripture Texts

September 2

9:00 a.m.         Zion-Sarps. (Pr. Mark) Mark 9:33-37

10:30 a.m.       Kvam (Pr. Dan) Mark 9:2-13

10:30 a.m.      Tordenkjold (Pr. Mark) Mark 9:33-37

September 9

9:00 a.m.         Community Worship Service (Threshing Grounds) 

September 16

9:00 a.m.         Zion-Sarps. (Pr. Dan) Mark 9:2-13

10:30 a.m.       Kvam (Pr. Mark) Mark 9:33-37

10:30 a.m.       Tordenskjold (Pr. Dan) Mark 9:2-13

September 23

9:00 a.m.         Zion-Sarps. (Pr. Mark) Mark 10:1-2

10:30 a.m.       Kvam (Pr. Dan) Mark 9:38-50

10:30 a.m.       Tordenskjold (Pr. Mark) Mark 10:1-2

September 30

9:00 a.m.         Zion-Sarps. (Pr. Dan) Mark 9:38-50

10:30 a.m.       Kvam (Pr. Mark) Mark 10:1-2

10:30 a.m.       Tordenkjold (Pr. Dan) Mark 9:38-50



Zion-Sarpsborg – September 2

Tordenskjold – September 16

Kvam- September 23


Parish Council Meeting

September 25 at 7 p.m.

Our Parish leadership teams will be meeting our annual Fall Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg.  During this time there are breakout seasons for Parish Deacon’s, Trustees, and other ministry committees as we plan for the upcoming year(s).  Please pray for this important meeting as we seek to serve the Lord, each other and our community in the most effective way.


Parish Picnic Thank You!

Thanks to all who willingly helped with our Parish Picnic.  The weather was not suitable for our outdoor service so we came together for an “indoor” picnic at Zion-Sarpsborg.  It is a joy to see the conversation and fellowship as a parish and to worship together.  Hopefully next year we will be back outside!


The Jore’s Visit

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It was joy to have Pastor Nate Jore and his three sons with him on August 26th.  They shared with us a first-hand account of what God is doing through their ministry in Uganda.  All three of their boys, Elijah, Judah and Jeremiah shared in the presentation as well.  It was exciting to see what God is doing as they continue to train workers in the “orality” method of preaching and teaching.  This involves memorizing Bible stories and large portions of Scripture in the language of their people.  Currently they are working with 40 leaders who are in turn training groups of 8-10 learners in various villages.  God is working in a powerful way!  Pastor Jory also shared some of the trials that they have experienced along the way how we can pray for them.  Thanks for all our churches for generously supporting the work in Uganda!


Community Worship Service 

Come and worship together as a community on Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m. on the Threshing Grounds.  We are excited to have the aChord Quartet sharing in this service.  Pastor Matthew Zelie from Our Savior’s Ten Mile Lake will be bringing the message.  If you are coming for the service only there is no admission at the gate.  Please pray for this service as we come together as a community. 


Dear Friends of the Dalton Free Lutheran Parish, 

It was so good to be with you in July!  Over these past 9 years, we had longed to come back as a family to visit  you all!  It was special to be able to attend portions of all three morning worship services, and also to be a part of the dinner and afternoon 150th Anniversary Service at Kvam!  It was a delight to reconnect with the former and present pastors as well that day!  Even though we were able to see so many of you, there were many who we were not able to see at this time.  Also, with each greeting or brief conversation, it only made us want to have a longer visit with you to catch up on the many events of life.  We were so grateful to the Hurner’s who welcomed us into the parsonage and gave us a tour.  It is beautiful!  Out memories of living in Dalton are delightful ones.  We will also cherish the nine years of ministry we had with you, and the Dalton parish will always have a special place in our hearts!

                        In the love of Jesus,

                        Pastor Steve & Jen, Ben, Sadie & Sam



The Sept. meeting of Zion-Sarpsborg WMF will be TUESDAY, Sept. 11 at 2:00 p.m.  Please note this change of day.

The Tordenskjold Adult Sunday School study will be “I & II Thessalonians” -  Leader is Bill Sonmor.

Zion-Sarpsborg Adult Sunday School will be “Elijah/Elisha,” a study of David & Jeremiah.  The leader is David Anderson.

The Tuesday morning Men’s Study is the “Book of Romans.”  The group meets each Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. at the Underwood Quik Stop. 

Worship Times for Sept., Oct. & Nov.:  Zion-Sarpsborg:  9:00 am; Kvam & Tordenskjold:  10:30 a.m.  


The Dalton Free Lutheran Parish Softball Team took 2nd place in the Division 1 Tournament.  Congratulations!!