Posts by Jesse Jacobsen

Congregational Strategic Planning

When a congregation has long-term goals, it should also have a plan to reach them. This is a strategic plan. These days, long term can mean just two or three years out. Some of our members have expressed certain goals that may be important to our congregation. Our synod’s counselor for missions and evangelism has…

First Look at Helping Survivors

Abuse is a natural outgrowth of our sinful condition. As Christians, we may care for one another and our neighbors by taking steps to prevent abuse, supporting survivors of abuse, and bringing renewal through our Lord’s forgiveness. I am excited to let you know about an online event from Kingdom Workers that helps you see…

A Biologist Talks Evolution

The following article was written by Dr. Doyle Holbird, who teaches at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN. It may also be obtained in a printable PDF format. Throughout history there have been many stories attempting to explain how humans and all other living things came to exist. Today there are three main positions regarding…

Hi There, I’m Pastor Jacobsen

Greetings to you with God’s peace through our Lord Jesus. I’ve now been living in Lakewood since late August, 2020. But meetings in person have been strictly limited by caution and rules from on high. That probably creates some mystery or even curiosity about this new guy from Oregon (me). So let me introduce myself…

Update: Work on the Church Building

The upstairs bathrooms are scheduled to be completed by next Sunday, God-willing. We are also working on the grounds to beautify things for spring and the installation. (See the announcement/invitation for the teamwork cleanup afternoon.) The 3rd thing we are working on for now is extending the ramp into the church to remove the drop…

Teamwork Cleanup Afternoon on March 16

We will have a teamwork afternoon for teens and others on Tuesday, March 16, roughly from 2-3:30pm. Anyone is welcome to join us. We plan to rake out the areas around the church as well as clean out around our new sign. We also have plants to add around the sign! If you have gloves…

From the ELS Military Monument Project

March 29th is designated as Vietnam Veterans Day. It is set aside to honor the courage and sacrifices of our Vietnam Veterans and their families. It is also a part of the national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon their return home more than 40 years ago.…