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Get to Know Members of our Congregation

Our featured member this week is Luke Orser-Schwalm.


One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Acts chapter 2. But since I am asked for a favorite verse I would say Acts 2:21 "and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." God desires so much to have a relationship with us. So much so, he sent his Son, Jesus to die in our place so that we could have eternal life with him in Heaven. To have a "relationship" once more. A favorite place to visit when I was young is Ålesund in Norway. It was the first "big city" we would go to when we left our sleepy little island. We had our own smaller Lutheran church on our island, but when we needed to go to the "big city" that is where we would go. One of the first stones of the church was laid by King Haakon VII in the early 1900's. At the church there in Ålesund, we would go to church there on special occasions or when we had purchases to make on the mainland we would incorporate going to church into our plans. It would be an exciting outing for everyone. It was a big stone church with an elaborately embellished nave with the artistic style of the Nordic folk on the coast when it was built. The organ sounded wonderful and always seemed to inspire. Sound seemed to resonate so well on the stone and marble of the building. Below is a photo of the outside and inside of the church. Worship service there was always so special as we were in a beautiful space, with those we loved. Many great memories are made in the church. And so they should be at St. James! My favorite breakfast food would most likely be a waffle or a pancake. Those are great!!! In my free time, I love to quilt, putter around in the garden, read books or play video games. I also love to cook. I share some of my cooking photos on my Facebook page. The purpose of our sharing a little about ourselves is so that we can know more about each other and hopefully develop a deeper relationship with one another. Grace and peace to you all, Luke Orser-Schwalm


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