Parish News & Views - January, 2019

“White as Snow”

It is the color that is so plain but yet so profound.  It matches any other color is by far the most common color in the world.  I a matter of minutes God can paint the canvas of the earth with fresh white snow!  Brown and dreary to white and beautiful.  The color white is used all through the Bible to speak of purity and holiness.  Jesus is pure and makes us pure through shedding His blood for us!

In the book of Daniel the prophecy is given regarding Christ and His appearance at His second coming,

As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.”            -Daniel 7:9

 The same description of His face at the transfiguration and His clothes at the resurrection are recorded in the book of Matthew,

“There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”- Matthew 17:2

“His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.” –Matthew 28:3

In the book of Revelation the word “white” is used fifteen times to describe the scene of the second coming of Christ.  In powerful statements about believers Jesus used the word “white” to describe cleansing from sin and overcoming as victorious through Christ,

“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”-Revelation 3:4-5

“Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders.  They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.”  - Revelation 4:4

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”   -Revelation 7:9

I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” -Revelation 7:14

Praise God for Jesus, the One who was born to die for us.  The One who forgives us of our sins!  What a powerful promise for the believer who confesses sin and seeks the face of Jesus as He passionately seek us.  Jesus clothes us in “white!” You are clean and forgiven because of what Jesus has done.  As we begin a new year let’s focus on these words of promise,

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”   Isaiah 1:18

Forgiven by Christ, Pastor Mark


Ministerial Acts

Funeral: Scott Odegard 4/10/72 – 12/22/18 Zion-Sarpsborg - Dec. 29, 2018  Baptism: Baylee Ann, daughter of Amy & John Busko Zion-Sarpsborg – Dec. 2, 2018

Welcome to Tuyet Rovang who was received into membership at Zion-Sarpsborg in December.


 Preaching Rotation

January 6

9:00 a.m.          Kvam (Pr. Mark)

10:30 a.m.        Tord. (Pr. Dan)

10:30 a.m.        ZS (Pr. Mark)

January 13

9:00 a.m.          Kvam (Pr. Dan)

10:30 a.m.        Tord. (Pr. Mark)

10:30 a.m.        ZS (Pr. Dan)

January 20

9:00 a.m.          Kvam (Pr. Mark)

10:30 a.m.        Tord. (Pr. Dan)

10:30 a.m.        ZS (Pr. Mark)

January 27

9:00 a.m.          Kvam (Pr. Dan)

10:30 a.m.        Tord. (Pr. Mark)

10:30 a.m.        ZS (Pr. Dan)

 Communion Zion-Sarpsborg - January 6 Tordenskjold - January 13 Kvam - January 20


Thank You from the Johnson’s

We are so blessed to be able to serve here in the Dalton Parish and praise God for each one of you!  Thanks you for your care for our family in so many ways and for the kind gifts given during this season.  We are truly grateful.  Jesus is the reason for the season!  Let’s continue to pray for each other and see God at work in a mighty way in our families, churches and communities. 

Thanks to all!

What a wonderful Christmas season we had in our parish.  A special thank you to all who served in so many way, Parish Christmas Party, Christmas Programs, Caroling, Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Services, and with the FLY Gift Baskets. God is good and we thank Him for all the ways that He uses the body of Christ and the gift that He has given.


Ushers – Tordenskjold

Jan. 6 – Adam & Ashley Fronning

Jan. 13 – Cary & Anita Aasness

Jan. 20 – Sid & Diane Wisness

Jan. 27 – Chuck Vukonich & Tim Larson


Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

We praise God of the gift of life!  Every person, the unborn, young or old matter greatly to God.  He is the Author of life and one who died for us to give us eternal life.  Sunday, January 20th is National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  This is a time to praise God for the gift of life and to pray for that God would revive the concern for life in our nation.  Below are some quotes from Lutheran’s for Life.  Might you be encouraged and challenged to continue to champion life issues that concern many in our land.

“If God places such high value on life—all life (John 3:16)—how can we possibly be less concerned? We do love others because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8) because when we had no voice, no standing, no defense, Jesus stepped in on our behalf. There is no way we can be less loving.” Christian Life Resources – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •

“God has given each of us a limited time to be on this earth, a purpose for that time, and people to share that time with. Don’t wait for a near-death experience to teach you the lesson of appreciating to the fullest what God has given you. Life is too short.” Diane E. Schroeder, former president of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life


Men’s Bible Study Opportunity

Come and enjoy fellowship and time in God’s Word each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. beginning January 3rd at David Akerman’s.  We will be study the book of Romans.  Bring your Bible and a heart to learn and “grow together as Spirit-filled disciple of Jesus Christ.”


Open House Baby Shower

There will be an Open House Baby Shower for Lindy Rae, daughter of Austin & Chelsey Aasness at Tordenskjold Church on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10:00 a.m.  (Registered at Target)  Everyone welcome!


AFLBS Announces Plans for Gymnasium/Student Center

Members of the AFLC Schools Board of Trustees voted at their November meeting to initiate a public capital campaign for the construction of the new Student Life Center on the campus of the AFLC Schools in Plymouth.  The Student Life Center will contain a college-sized basketball court, two large classrooms, six offices, and ample gathering space for events and student activities. The estimated cost is approximately $8 million when completely finished, furnished, and equipped. Nearly $3 million has been raised in a private campaign focused on a handful of donors who had expressed interest in the building, plus donations from members of the Schools Corporation, faculty, staff, and administration. An additional $1.6 million in gifts and $1.1 million in 3-year commitments is needed before construction can begin. The goal is to break ground in late winter and occupancy sometime during the 2019-2020 school year.  For more information visit


Upcoming Council Meetings

Kvam: Feb. 4 @ 7 p.m. (Deacons Feb. 1 @ 10:00 a.m.

Tordenskjold:  Feb. 11 @ 7 p.m. (Deacons @ 6 p.m.)

Zion-Sarpsborg: TBA


Thank You

Hannah and I would like to thank you for the kindness and generosity you have shared with us this Christmas season.  It is both humbling and a joy to continue to serve the Dalton Parish and we are thankful for each one of you.  We look forward to what God has in store for 2019!


If you are thinking of New Year’s Resolutions for 2019, here are a few suggestions:

  • Read your Bible 20 minutes each day.

  • Attend worship each week.

  • Set aside time to pray every day.

  • Join a Bible study.

  • Invite a friend to come with you to church.

  • Do random acts of kindness.

  • Forgive past grudges.

  • Memorize Scripture.

  • Be content with what you have.

May you have a happy & blessed 2019!



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Above, the Tordenskjold Sunday School Children at their Christmas program.

Below, Zion-Sarpsborg Sunday School children at their program.


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Dalton Free Lutheran Youth (FLY)

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