Vibrant Faith Ministries
FAITH FORMED OVER 106 YEARS
Margaret Cundy has been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since August 27, 1911, the date of her baptism. In the last 106 years, she has found the presence of a loving God to be important in her life.
She remembers going to Danish school church building on 14th and Main Street, and hearing God's blessing and love in that language. Throughout her life she says that, "God has been on my shoulder." One of the most important times in her life when that presence held her together and gave her hope was one Halloween night when her husband, John, died unexpectedly. He was too young, and she was alone with no children. "I couldhn't have made it through that without God." She believes that God provided the people around her who, helped her adjust to her new life. She went with John's sister to California shortly after John's death and stayed seven weeks, which helped her a great deal. She was worried when she came back to her life in Cedar Falls, but God was there and gave her hope and strentgh.
Margaret sang in the church choir and taught Sunday school. She now worships with Bethlehem Fellowship, a time for worship with members and friends of Bethlehem who live at NewAldaya Lifescapes, and at the NewAldaya chapel.
She offers all her brothers and siters in Christ a blessing she learned a hundred years ago, "Gud velsigne dig," which menas, God bless you.
VIBRANT FAITH MINISTRY - What it means for our congregation
We are convinced that faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships, often in our own homes. Our experience is that the church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and the ministry of the home. More and more we are seeing that where Christ is present in faith, home is church, too. As we think about our personal journeys and watch those of others we notice that faith is caught more than it is taught. It has also become clear to us that if we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.
With this framework in mind we follow Four Keys for Practicing Faith:
Caring Conversations are the basis for those personal, trusted relationships.
Devotions are away to practice the presence of God through the Word of God.
Service to one’s neighbor is a calling that expresses the love for others that God has placed in us and gives us moments to be faithful to that calling.
Rituals and Traditions create patterns of behavior that reinforce the presence of God and communicate meaning for our lives.
This is the Vibrant Faith Framework that informs our ministries and our lives and which places Jesus Christ at the center of all we do in this congregation and in the homes of those who are connected to us.