insight into people’s faith journeys. The children too have special instruction on the Sunday scripture with the pastor before the service and at Sunday school afterwards. A vacation Bible school in summer reinforces the children’s understanding of biblical themes.

Pastor Kuhnert speaks of the mission as something active not passive. “We need to move from being an internal church to becoming an external church. While organizations such as the book club, investment group, aging parent group and support group for young mothers are good, there is that larger mission field in front of us,” she said.

Although Pastor Kuhnert has not yet formally talked with the congregation about adopting some kind of outreach

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program or missionary effort she feels that the congregation is close to that point of readiness. Examples of outreach programs are participating in Habitat for Humanity, helping at a soup kitchen or undertaking a mission trip to Haiti.

One way by which the congregation helps the community get familiar with it is through its annual Dinner Theatre. This year the play is titled, “A Bad Year For Tomatoes” written by John Patrick. It is being presented by The Not Yet Ready for Divine Time Players in the sanctuary of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Saturday, April 21 at 6:30 p. m; Sunday, April 22 at 4 p. m.; Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p. m., and Saturday, April 28 at 6:30 p. m. Tickets are $17.50 Call 286-1367.