Our Savior's Lutheran Church ELCA  

 

3022 W Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee WI 53208

414-342-5252

 

 

Our Savior's Lutheran Church ELCA  

 

3022 W Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee WI 53208

414-342-5252

 

 
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Our Savior's Lutheran Church ELCA
3022 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53208
TEL 414-342-5252
FAX 414-342-5454
EMAIL Office@OSLCMILW.org

 

Our Savior's Lutheran Church ELCA
3022 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53208
TEL 414-342-5252
FAX 414-342-5454
EMAIL Office@OSLCMILW.org

 

Our Savior's Pastor

From Pastor Keen

I send grace and peace to you from God our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. 

As I write this message to you in this edition of our Messenger, I prepare for yet another difficult and challenging event unfolding before me. I am preparing to have an experience I have never had before, as a testimony as to how blessed I am and have been.  One week from the day I write to you I will be having surgery to remove my prostate, which has become cancerous.    I solicit your prayers for a speedy recovery to again begin seeking a new normal for my life’s future.

Now let me go back and explain why I said that I was blessed.   You see, in all of my years, and all of my days I have never had surgery, only in the hospital once for observation, but never, ever down sick.  I have bad colds and the flu a few times over my life, but never an illness or disease that would cause serious threat to my quality of life.  I have been blessed!  I am still blessed because this surgery will eliminate any potential problems and was caught in the early stages.   Because I have never been inactive, it will be difficult for me to not be active.  I am going to have to learn how to be ministered to.  This will be a new experience for me, being dependent upon someone else to provide care.  I don’t look forward to it, but I will embrace it.  I will have the chance to see what it feels like to be cared for.  My children are anxious because they have never experienced “ Mustafa” down for any reason, they will care for me until I am up again.

I am leaving the preaching responsibilities to a group of wonderful pastors who will give you a fresh view of God, Christ, ministry and life while I recover. I thank each of them now for their willingness to step in.  Emergency Pastoral Care will be provided by one of my colleagues in our cluster.

During that six week period of down time, I will read six books that will help me to become a more effective leader.  I will be writing a couple of chapters to a book in collaboration with a few other pastors and finishing up a t least one book that I have outlined.  I will discipline myself to 30 minute sessions to avoid tiring out or becoming stale.  I do expect to be strong enough to perform a memorial service that has been planned for months, and a wedding that I have looked forward to seeing unfold, and playing a small role.  Perhaps I can come by for a few minutes during our Vacation Bible School, I would love for the kids to lay hands on me and pray for me.

Also during that time we will have only one service on Sundays at 10:00 a.m., per our summer schedule, which will continue until September.  The Wednesday Prayer Luncheon will continue with a variety of fine pastors coming through to help and cover during my absence.   Also during that time teams  from Our Savior’s will be going out visiting other congregations to gather information that will help to inform our thinking as we move forward with the implementation of our Strategic Plan.

As I prepare for this difficult and challenging task of submission to the surgeon’s knife, I know that God holds his hands.  God has already performed it, I am just waiting for the manifestation of what God has already done. I have full confidence that I am being restored and prepared for the great work that is ahead of us.  I ask you to prepare yourselves to get engaged in this “new thing” God is about to unleash upon this ministry, this congregation, this community, this city and this region.  What are you doing this summer?  I would love to hear about your summer activities! How is God working in your life?  I would also welcome your reflections on this or any of my Messenger articles.  Send your thoughts to me at pastorpatrick@oslcmilw.org or by US Mail at  the church address.                                                 Peace and blessings to you, Pastor Keen

 

 

 

 

 

From Pastor Keen

I send grace and peace to you from God our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. 

As I write this message to you in this edition of our Messenger, I prepare for yet another difficult and challenging event unfolding before me. I am preparing to have an experience I have never had before, as a testimony as to how blessed I am and have been.  One week from the day I write to you I will be having surgery to remove my prostate, which has become cancerous.    I solicit your prayers for a speedy recovery to again begin seeking a new normal for my life’s future.

Now let me go back and explain why I said that I was blessed.   You see, in all of my years, and all of my days I have never had surgery, only in the hospital once for observation, but never, ever down sick.  I have bad colds and the flu a few times over my life, but never an illness or disease that would cause serious threat to my quality of life.  I have been blessed!  I am still blessed because this surgery will eliminate any potential problems and was caught in the early stages.   Because I have never been inactive, it will be difficult for me to not be active.  I am going to have to learn how to be ministered to.  This will be a new experience for me, being dependent upon someone else to provide care.  I don’t look forward to it, but I will embrace it.  I will have the chance to see what it feels like to be cared for.  My children are anxious because they have never experienced “ Mustafa” down for any reason, they will care for me until I am up again.

I am leaving the preaching responsibilities to a group of wonderful pastors who will give you a fresh view of God, Christ, ministry and life while I recover. I thank each of them now for their willingness to step in.  Emergency Pastoral Care will be provided by one of my colleagues in our cluster.

During that six week period of down time, I will read six books that will help me to become a more effective leader.  I will be writing a couple of chapters to a book in collaboration with a few other pastors and finishing up a t least one book that I have outlined.  I will discipline myself to 30 minute sessions to avoid tiring out or becoming stale.  I do expect to be strong enough to perform a memorial service that has been planned for months, and a wedding that I have looked forward to seeing unfold, and playing a small role.  Perhaps I can come by for a few minutes during our Vacation Bible School, I would love for the kids to lay hands on me and pray for me.

Also during that time we will have only one service on Sundays at 10:00 a.m., per our summer schedule, which will continue until September.  The Wednesday Prayer Luncheon will continue with a variety of fine pastors coming through to help and cover during my absence.   Also during that time teams  from Our Savior’s will be going out visiting other congregations to gather information that will help to inform our thinking as we move forward with the implementation of our Strategic Plan.

As I prepare for this difficult and challenging task of submission to the surgeon’s knife, I know that God holds his hands.  God has already performed it, I am just waiting for the manifestation of what God has already done. I have full confidence that I am being restored and prepared for the great work that is ahead of us.  I ask you to prepare yourselves to get engaged in this “new thing” God is about to unleash upon this ministry, this congregation, this community, this city and this region.  What are you doing this summer?  I would love to hear about your summer activities! How is God working in your life?  I would also welcome your reflections on this or any of my Messenger articles.  Send your thoughts to me at pastorpatrick@oslcmilw.org or by US Mail at  the church address.                                                 Peace and blessings to you, Pastor Keen

 

 

 

 

 

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