And two shall become one (vertebra, I mean)

Most weeks will find Pastor Kent or I visiting patients in one or more of the area hospitals.  When Pastor Kent had his knee surgery last winter I told him that it is good for a pastor be a hospital patient every now and then so that we get a taste of the anxiety, hope, and fear that surround such stays.

I guess I’ll have to take my own advice in a couple of weeks.  For twenty years I’ve been one of those people who complain to their spouses about having a sore back.  When the ache turns into significant pain even a man of stubborn Norwegian/German stock asks his doctor for help.  Several xrays, one MRI, and  a couple of specialists later I learned that many years ago I broke my back without knowing it.  However, the good news is that it can be fixed.  So on October 3 I’ll be having what my surgeon calls an “aggressive surgery” to fuse the troublesome bone to its neighbor.  When the procedures are all done I’ll have a piece of donated cadaver bone, several screws, and a rod in my back.  If all goes well I’ll be back to work in about four weeks and fully healed in six to nine months.

I ask for your prayers for my family and I as we go through this time of surgery and recovery.  The staff at church and leadership of the congregation has been very helpful as I’ve been making plans to be gone for a few weeks.  Thank you to you all.

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CLF Helps with Flood Relief

A small group from Custer Lutheran travelled to Minot, North Dakota (Pastor Kent’s hometown) to help clean up following one of the worst floods that city has ever seen.  About one in three homes was overtaken by flood waters and some spent over a month submerged.  Five members of Custer Lutheran Fellowship spent a couple of days helping in a few homes as well as helping members of Augustana Lutheran Church (which also serves Minot State University with a Lutheran campus minsitry).  Here’s a video of some of the work that was done at Augustana where workers hauled out moldy sheetrock from basement classrooms:

Here’s a picture of the days work – everything you see on the side of the street was hauled out by hand…

Many thanks to those who came and to those who included the group in their prayers.  It’s another example of Custer Lutheran Fellowship living out the ELCA’s motto… “God’s Work.  Our hands.”