Posts by Molly Sasser-Goehner

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Worship Update re. Co-Vid 19

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

With the lifting of some of the Co-Vid 19 social restrictions in Montana, our leadership has been considering if, when, and how Immanuel could begin gathering for worship together at church instead of only on-line. We formed a worship team with council representation to address the hopes, challenges, and logistics for such a move. We […]

Mother’s Day Prayers

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Mother’s day is blessing for many, but for some it’s a reminder of hurt, sin and brokenness. Here are prayers that seek to embrace all of our experiences. Let us pray for the church, the world, and all of creation. Life-giving God, we give you thanks for our home in your eternal vision through Jesus […]

Stewardship – Good News!

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Immanuel was approved for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The funds have already been deposited into our account. What does this mean for Immanuel?  Our current plan for mission and ministry will continue through the summer. We will be able to pay our staff what they would have been earning before coronavirus, and they will […]

Re-Opening Worship Update

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Immanuel will continue our partnership with the other Missoula congregation and host ONLY virtual on-line, worship services through May 31, 2020. We will NOT gather for public worship at Immanuel in May. Pastor Molly and the other Lutheran pastors are considering a “soft” opening of worship, perhaps starting June 7. This might include congregations meeting […]

Shepherd Us, O God

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

This upcoming Sunday is often referred to as “Good Shepherd” Sunday. We read Psalm 23 and hear from John’s Gospel Jesus’ promise that “I am the Good Shepherd” who came to give “abundant life.” (John 10:10-11). While few of us these days have any experience with sheep or ranching, most of us are familiar with […]

Re-open Immanuel Response

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Immanuel Lutheran Response to Re-opening Congregations                                           Governor Bullock has laid out his “Re-opening the Big Sky” plan, describing in detail Phase 1. In that plan, he announced that places of worship can open as soon […]

Update on Covid Response

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Words from Pastor Molly Be devoted in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12:11b-12) We have been practicing physical distancing for over a month now.  We are restless to be out and about, working, meeting, playing, […]

Advent Devotions

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Go Deeper this Advent/Christmas Season Receive FREE Daily Devotions for Advent via Email or download a hard copy. Joy to the World Advent Devotions from Luther Seminary: https://www.luthersem.edu/advent/default.aspx?m=6352 Copies of Devotions also will be available at church along with FREE Advent Calendars.

July 4 Prayers

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Almighty God, we give thanks for the land and government that is our heritage. We give thanks, for the freedom to gather and worship you without fear. Bless our United States, and make us who came from many nations, with many languages, a united people that delights in our many gifts. Send us your Guiding […]

Free Speech & Religious Liberty

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

May 5, 2017 On May 4, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” The measure addresses the IRS ban on political campaigning by tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, an important protection for houses of worship. That regulation is codified into law, so it would take an act of Congress to reverse, […]