God’s version of gathering community together involves amazing feats in the midst of hostility as expressed in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, bringing together those far away from each other, breaking down walls of hostility, and making us all members of the household of God. “In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” (Ephesians 2:11-22) Hyeyoung and I seek to live into this image of the holy temple in the Lord through our work and efforts alongside our partners here in Korea. Currently, we undertake that work through a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program site that Hyeyoung focuses most on and a position at the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) with their Reconciliation and Unification Department (RUD) which I, Kurt, focus most on.
Every year a new group of US young adults come to live with us in Daejeon for one year: August to July. We connect them to agencies where they volunteer and build relationships throughout the
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On Sunday afternoon, February 8, at 2:30 p.m. the St. Peter Choral Society will present their annual concert in Bjorling Concert Hall on the Gustavus campus.
This year the Choral Society is shining light on the life and work of Minnesota composer and conductor, Diane (Kolander) Loomer. The concert features both sacred and secular pieces by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Loomer, among others. Diane Kolander was a Gustavus grad (1962) who, after her marriage, moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. There she proceeded to make a brilliant career as a founder and conductor of several choirs, receiving many honors. She passed away from cancer in December 2012. Two thousand people attended her memorial concert in January 2013.
Her husband, Dr. Richard Loomer, is planning to fly here from Vancouver to attend the concert. Tickets are $10 in advance at Swedish Kontur, or $15 at the door. A reception will follow in the lobby.
Members of Union Presbyterian who will be participating in the concert are Kathy Anderson, Hayden Duncan, Katha and John Chamberlain, Steve Hogberg, John McKay and Bonnie Jorgensen, accompianists, and Sara McKay, director. Plan to come and enjoy this beautiful program.
The Serve the World Committee will be collecting new (or gently used) winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for children in St. Peter. Please drop your donations in the Rubbermaid tote in the church foyer.