Rev. Aaron Bueltmann
Two of the metaphors that Jesus uses to describe the vocation of a pastor are that of Shepherd and Fisherman. The Lord hasn't called pastors to sit around in their offices all day. We're called to "shepherd" Christ's flock. We're called to go out on the waters to "fish" for people. Yes, there's a lot of prayer and study that goes into all of that, but I'm here (or there) for you (even if you've never been to one of our services). Life is complex, and it's best traversed with some guidance from God's Word and support from others.
Please contact me for pastoral support in any of the following situations:
when you have a question about the Bible
when there's an illness, injury, hospitalization or death
when you're facing a problem or fear
when someone you know is interested in learning more about Jesus
when you're feeling guilty about something or facing a spiritual struggle
when you must make an important decision
when you're unhappy (or happy!) with something in church
when you're celebrating the birth or adoption of a child
when you're preparing for marriage
when you're excited about a new idea
when you could use a little extra prayer
when any other circumstance arises in which you seek to hear God's Word applied to you in your situation...who ya gonna call? Not the Ghostbusters...call Pastor Aaron!
the people of advent
Every Sunday morning, we gather at 9:30 to celebrate Jesus' empty tomb. We call our time of worship Divine Service because God comes to serve us. The menu is the same each time we gather. We begin in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We confess our sins before God and receive Christ's forgiveness. We read aloud from Holy Scripture. We speak the ancient ecumenical creeds. We proclaim Jesus as Christ, rejoicing that he has taken our sin in exchange for His righteousness. We receive the benefits of God's ultimate act of service as we feast on His body and blood given for us at the cross. Our Sunday menu is seasoned throughout with much prayer and singing. We conclude each Sunday gathering with a word of God's blessing.
Following the Sunday Morning Divine Service, we have a time for conversation and coffee. At 11:15 am we begin a time of further study of God's Word.
Every Wednesday morning at 10:00, we have a Bible Study hour.
Most Thursday mornings at 10:00, we have a Bible story time for kids.
Every fourth Thursday afternoon at 3:00 we have time for prayer, praise, and preaching at Forest Hill Heights.
On Wednesdays during the seasons of Advent and Lent we hold evening services at 7:00.
Special services are held at other points throughout the year, such as weddings or funerals or during Christmastime and Holy Week.
the big picture
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth." Ephesians 1:7-10
Oftentimes the Bible can seem outdated and so much of it can seem to be just plain weird. But we believe that it is not simply an artifact of a bygone era. It is a timeless treasure. Spend some time in its pages, and you'll discover its profound wisdom. But it is not just a book of sage advice meant to teach us from the experience of those who have gone before us. It is a book that shows us our need for a savior. We need to be rescued. It's not just a book that makes us feel bad about ourselves though, it's a book that delivers a promise. It's God's promise that such a savior is coming. The only one who can save us is the One who made us. His arrival was promised long ago. His arrival beautifully fulfilled ancient prophecies.