The Lord’s Supper is Not More Special by Having It Less Often

“Where the custom of churchgoing has lapsed with the consequence that the Christian congregation is dead or a-dying, there is but one single means of getting people back to church. Hunger and thirst for the Lord’s Supper must be aroused in them. Whenever this hunger and this thirst awake—and it obviously does not lie within our own power to awaken them—people go to church again. For hunger and thirst for God’s Word can in an emergency be satisfied in one’s chamber, at any rate according to that pietistic theory with which the Protestantism of the last two centuries has preached its own churches empty. Except in case of grave illness, however, the Sacrament of the Altar can only be received in the house of God. The renewal of the Christian congregation and her Divine Service therefore begins, in a way most theologians today still find incomprehensible, when we once again seriously learn and teach what the New Testament and the Catechism say on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. “

[Dr. Hermann Sasse]

Help Rev. Travis Loeslie and his family

Some of you may remember that Pastor Travis Loeslie and his family visited Trinity in Boulder Junction some weeks back while they were staying in the area. As you know, many clergy couples and families visit our congregation in the summer, but the Loeslie family has a crucial need for help urgently.

The Loeslie Family need funds for both a home and medical expenses.

A major disability has left this family of eight with no job, no home and no ability to generate future financial stability. Please consider generously donating today to get them a home.

This GoFundMe has been organized for the Loeslie Family by members of the congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran Church (LCMS), Morristown MN. Pastor Travis Loeslie has faithfully served our congregation for 5 years. Travis 37 and his wife Stephanie 35 have six children; Benjamin 13, Marta 11, Miriam 9, Samuel 6, Elijah 3, and Ingrid 2. To know this family is to love them!

Following many months of concern and appointments, Travis has been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Huntington’s Disease (HD). This is a progressive brain disorder. It causes changes in the central area of the brain, and manifests as uncontrolled movements, emotional problems, and loss of thinking ability (cognition). It has a slow and insidious onset and he has already been suffering symptoms for some time. Although medications may help him manage the movements, there are no treatments available to slow the mental decline. It is progressive, debilitating and incurable. In the future they will have to confront the genetic nature of this disease with each one of their children.

Part of the HD diagnosis process included a cognitive assessment which revealed his brain processing is compromised and he cannot complete multi-step tasks. After this assessment it’s clear he can no longer perform the duties of a called pastor. With a heavy heart, he has resigned from the ministry.

The Loeslies currently live in a parsonage that is owned by Bethlehem. They find themselves completely unprepared for this financial crisis. Stephanie cannot work outside the home as both Travis and the children require her constant care. He will qualify for disability and they are in that process now.

Our congregation prays this family could face their future with the stability of a home.

We need your help.

We praise the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His ever present mercy, and appreciate any prayers and support that is given to our family as we daily face new obstacles. Our Lord has taught us, “Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). – Stephanie Loeslie

Please click on this link if you are willing and able to help this faithful Lutheran pastor’s family in their need.