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Confirmation Celebration!

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Dear Friends,

On Pentecost Sunday, May 19, we were priviledged as a congregation to witness the Confirmation of six young women. Their Faith Statements follow below, and embody the very core of our foundation – our treasured youth, and their strength of belief. Each statement is as unique as its author. If you were unable to be here, we are delighted to share their faith perspective after two years of study. Here is their public profession and affirmation of their Lutheran faith! – Lynn Affeldt

 

Maddie Snyders, Hebrews 11:1

I, Maddie Snyders, believe in one God who created the universe and everything in it, and that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins so that we may be forgiven. I believe that Christianity is not about doing all the right things or behavior modification but about heart transformation. I believe the Holy Spirit works through ordinary people, and that the Word of God is the only authority and the only truth by which we must live. I believe that Jesus Christ will come back to Earth to gather up his church, having victory over death, and there will be a resurrection for both the saved and the lost. I believe there is a real Heaven and a real Hell, and where we spend our eternity is determined by what we believe while we are alive on earth. Once we make the decision to trust Jesus as our one Lord and Savior, we know by faith that our sins are forgiven and we will not spend eternity separated from God in death, but rather be with him in everlasting life. For this gift, I am eternally grateful.

 

Kenzie Lauritzen, Jeremiah 29:11

If I were to sum up faith in one word, I would use believe. It is one thing to believe while seeing, but to believe without seeing is deeper. As Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Many people will not believe it until they see it, so having faith at points is sometimes extremely difficult. In my life there have been times when I want to lose faith. Then I remember that I have an awesome and powerful God who will, and always has watched over me. Even while writing this statement of faith, it has seemed that the words have almost spilled out of my pen. He has helped me all throughout my life, from the largest problems to the smallest math equations. The Lord has guided me in times when I felt no one else could. I believe in God the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that no matter what, the Lord ALWAYS has a plan. As Jeremiah 29:11 says: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. He always knows what he has in mind for you. I believe in the power of prayer. It is so amazing what God can do from just the whisper of words. He not only hears us, but he answers. It may be no, but he always has a plan. If I were to sum up faith, I would use believing, but not just that one word. It’s much more than that. It’s the love and friendship found in church. It’s the moving sermons read by the pastor. It’s the communion shared after prayers have been said. That is what I believe faith is, and that is what I believe.

 

Maddie Lauritzen, Psalm 23:1-2

” 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. ” – Psalm 23:1&2

These two simple verses are so powerful and so very deep. They’re my favorite verses and they have really helped guide me to write my faith statement.

I believe that faith is the only thing that can, and should, always stay unbroken. With faith, I believe absolutely anything is possible.

I believe that God is the father of us all. I believe he created everything around us and He is, and was, always there.

I believe Jesus is the son of God, and was born of a virgin. I believe he died on the cross, just to save our lives and take away all of our sins.

I believe that the church is the one true place that I can openly, and easily, state what I believe in. I believe that the church is a very loving and warm place to be.

I believe that the bible is the one and only book that can give you all the answers to your questions. The bible always has the answers you’re looking for.

I believe that I will give offering to the church and take Holy Communion. I believe that I will share my natural talents with the church and the people in it, anyway that I can.

I believe that I am a loved child of God. I believe that He will always be there for me and will always call me his own.

 

Kaitlyn Seher, Jeremiah 29:11

Hello, my name is Kaitlyn Seher.

I believe that God has a plan for all of us, even before we are born. As stated in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and to not harm you, to give you a future and a hope.

As some of you may or may not know, I am adopted. Looking back it seems obvious that God had a plan for me from the beginning. My birth mother became pregnant with me at the age of 14. Facing this reality she had multiple options and I’m glad God’s plan gave her the strength she needed to put me up for adoption, otherwise I might not be here today. My parents had already adopted Peter three years earlier and had decided to start the process to adopt a second child. Again, it seems that God had a plan for both my parents and me. They had just turned in their profile to the adoption agency when my birth mom started reviewing potential parents. She picked them and when I was just seventeen days old I was placed with my family. Almost from the first day they had me, my parents have brought me to Church and had me be involved in every way imaginable. Maybe too many ways! So I stand here today taking one more step in that life long journey.

Growing up I always wondered what had happened to my birth mother and where she may be. My parents had always answered my many questions the best they could, but I was still curious to know more. One day last year while grocery shopping with my mom, we turned to go down the next aisle. After we went down that aisle, my mom said to me, I think I just saw your birth mother, would you like to meet her? I was a bit nervous but decided this must be the right time to meet her. It was very emotional but I was glad to get to meet and talk to her. Afterwards I felt that this had to be God’s doing and part of his plan for me.

All the different parts of my life so far seem to follow exactly what God said in Jeremiah 29:11. He had a plan for me from the beginning, to not let harm be done to me, and to give me a future and hope. I sure have been blessed to this point in my life and am happy to be living out God’s plan.

 

Eleanor Lewis, Proverbs 24:14

I believe in one immortal God,

The shepherd with his staff and rod,

Almighty God, lord of all things,

Song of songs and king of kings.

Mankind grew discontent on this earth,

The devil tempting us from our rebirth,

His whispering voice, cruel and snide,

Encouraging death and praising pride.

But God so loved the world he sent

His only son, for glory meant,

His destiny to die for man,

He was God’s plan since time began

His entire life he had spent

Until his body had been rent

All to make his people well,

And save our souls from burning hell.

Till after three days he rose again,

His robes from blood still bore the stain,

To his disciples and his friends he went,

For to bear witness to his ascent.

I believe in one Holy Ghost,

Communion of blood and bread of the host,

I believe that all sin is forgiven,

And all who believe will join Him in heaven.

 

Katie Nungesser, Deuteronomy 31:6

I believe in God, the creator of Earth and Heaven.  I believe in Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  I believe in the Lutheran church, faith, and strength that God gives me through life.  My favorite verse, Deuteronomy 31:6 helped me through my life in gymnastics and outside of gymnastics.  The verse says, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  By remembering this verse, I succeeded through the hard times.  I believe that he watches over me and protects me.  He is with me through everything and is with everybody.  I believe in the bible that proved God’s and Jesus’ existence, on creating and living on the earth.  By learning about him in confirmation and going to church, I know he will be with me throughout my life and forgive me when I sin.  I believe in everything the church and confirmation has taught me and will learn more in the next years.