Staff

First Evangelical Lutheran Church

 

fullsizeoutput 2a81Interim Pastor Timothy Swanson


Sherry and I have three children (Jessica, Christine, and Erik) and three grandchildren (Morgan, Ian, and Zoe). My wife and I like to flower garden together where I do most of the landscaping, I model an HO train layout in my basement covering Pennsylvania system during the 1940’s and 50’s (mostly like to scratch build massive buildings); I devour books especially History and Theology as well as places I visited (my personal library is over 3000 books); I like to visit historical places especially civil war battle sites and presidential homes, as well as national parks and seashores.

 

I still have passion for preaching and learning and teaching. I consider myself a biblical oriented Christian (to borrow a phrase from my dads) who has a passion for the word of God as shared by my reading mentor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who I have been reading since my seminary days. I am a believer that the church needs to get back to basics and learn how to be the body of Christ in the twenty first century as it was in the first century which means we need to return to the teaching of Paul (particularly Romans) and the small catechism of Martin Luther. I am biased in that I think the future of the church is not mega churches but smaller congregations such as your own who partner up with two to four other like congregations who grow together the work of God. My reason: in the high technology age we live within, people will need more and more to be connected to people in a very real corporate way where the accent is on genuine community life (the work of the Holy Spirit: third article of the creed). Only a community centered in Christ can offer the hope of the future as a present reality today grounded in God’s Grace and lived out in our baptismal callings. Only then will the Creation (even the one that is dying) be reordered by God’s new creation in Christ and not governed by any ideology (conservative or liberal). It is god’s agenda that the church is called to proclaim and nothing else, that is, a new creation is being born in the death and resurrection of Christ.


Let us pray that God will grow the body of Christ together.      

 Your servant in Christ,   Pastor Tim

 

 

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butterflyEvie Ennis, First Lutheran Church Secretary


With a spirit of openness, friendliness and empathy I try to extend the spirit of the congregation to all whom I come in contact. Keeping the communication and flow of information from the pastor and church office to the congregation via the monthly newsletter and or e-mail. Answering the telephone and or receiving visitors at the church door in a friendly manner. Maintain the ‘master’ church calendar to assure two activities are not scheduled at the same time or date.  Prepare the weekly Sunday bulletin from the Pastors direction and assure all weekly events occurring at the church are printed in the bulletin. And many other duties as required.

 

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Lisa

Lisa Szwec, Choir Diector

As the Choir Director of First Lutheran Church, I  work with the Pastor and the Worship Committee on behave of the Choir members to be an active participant and leader in the scheduled Sunday worship services and other services as required. As the director I am responsible for the choir's appearance, sound and delivery. We rehearse weekly and at additional times as identified by special needs.

 

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Jim WilJiml,

Music Director, Pianist/Organist

From ancient Psalms to today’s contemporary songs, music in the context of worship is one of the means by which we give voice to the innermost longings of the heart. As music director, working alongside the pastor, choir director, and worship team, I seek to create a repertoire of hymns, choral anthems, and other music that underscores and brings to life the themes of the Gospel. The rich heritage of the Christian church provides a foundation of traditional hymns and songs that gives expression to our faith. These tunes, together with an increasing number of contemporary songs and choral works, offer a broad pallet of inspiring music by which we as a community of faith give glory to God. In addition, my role also includes playing the piano or organ, either as a solo instrument or to lead the congregation in song and to provide accompaniment for the choir. From time to time too I write some of my own music for use in the weekly liturgy.

 

 

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