Church isn’t closing, despite rumor mill

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By The Staff


Upon reading his own obituary in a newspaper, American author and humorist Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, wrote a letter to the editor stating simply: “The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.”

As the pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, located on State Hwy. 36 between Milton and Carrollton, I was rather surprised to hear that, unbeknownst to me or my parishioners, St. Peter Lutheran Church is going to close.

It is strange that we would be the last to know. So, I decided to write to try and put these rumors to rest. With apologies to Mark Twain, the rumors of St. Peter Lutheran Church’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

St. Peter Lutheran Church is not going to close. Period.

What I find disturbing is the implication that congregations like St. Peter – little country churches that worship in small numbers – are automatically assumed to be on the verge of “dying” or “dead.” Yes, sometimes low attendance can mean the end of a congregation’s ministry is near. But this is certainly not true in all cases.

It could be that among the smallest, most obscure congregations nestled among the nooks in the Ohio River valley, you would find the Holy Spirit blowing through, bringing back to life that which was dead in the lives of those they currently touch. You might also find faithful people who are on fire for the Lord, using all of their meager resources to proclaim the Good News.

So, in which category does St. Peter Lutheran Church fall? Is it a ministry that is about ready to end, or is it one in the process of beginning anew?

Well, why not stop by on a Sunday morning, about 10:30 a.m., and judge for yourself? I bet that you will find the rumors of St. Peter’s demise are, indeed, greatly exaggerated.

The Rev. Chad R. Adamik, pastor

St. Peter Lutheran Church

Carroll County