Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Just in Time for Lent

Do you do something special for Lent? We try to do something different than our normal routines, trying to take special time to think about how important Jesus really is to us.

Should we give up ice cream? Should we give up computer time? Should we add something in? Perhaps a prayer walk?

Should we do something for the whole season? Last year we fasted from something once a week.

Sarai had the idea that whatever we did, we should do it with some other families too. "How about a blog?"

So every day, we are going to share our family devotions, and we'd like to invite you to join in!

Follow us at our special site www.starfeldts.blogspot.com.

We hope you find it starts some great conversations with your kids!

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Like Being Pregnant

NO, we are not pregnant. But we are waiting for May 4th.

May 4th is Call Day, the day when we learn where we will serve next year on vicarage and, hopefully, for many years to come.

This means many so many changes. We have repainted every room in the house, packed boxes, and made home repairs to get our house ready to sell. Now we wait for a buyer.

We met with Dr. Neilsen at the sem to talk about ministry. We shared our hopes and dreams. We shared Chad's gifts and strengths (and weaknesses too) as we talked about serving God's kingdom. Now we wait for a church.

It is like being pregnant. We have an enourmous life change that imminently awaits. We are doing everything we can to get ready for it. Mostly, we wait. Expectanly, we wait!

We are excited and hopeful. Pray for us while we wait.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Passed Greek / Fall Quarter Starting

I passed my GREEK final test on Thursday, August 20th. YAH! It is so amazing to be reading the original language of the New Testament. To be reading the actual words Paul, John, Matthew, Luke and others wrote is truly a blessing. Everyone in the class who passed the Greek qualifier continued the tradition of jumping in the fountain at the seminary. Check out the pictures.

I am so thankful for my experience at the seminary so far. I met lots of great guys in my Greek class but especially another guy who is close to my age and has three young kids from Lincoln, Nebraska. He loves the Lord and has left family, friends and roots to serve the Lord as a pastor. We spent hours together every day studying Greek. He, his wife and three young children are committed to serving the Lord.

I am thankful to be learning. I am thankful to be preparing to be a shepherd for some of God’s people and someone who proclaims and equips others to reach out with the love and truth of Jesus Christ. God continues to shape and mold me to be a man that reflects Jesus to others. I have a lot to learn.

I start my fall quarter of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 8th. I will be taking 5 class (The Art of Interpreting Scripture, Greek Readings, Introduction to Historical Theology, Introduction to Pastoral Ministry and Lutheran Mind). I will be working at Webster Gardens Lutheran Church 10 hours a week for the rest of my time at the seminary.

Thank YOU for your prayers. They truly are felt. I am overwhelmed by the support I have received during this seminary experience. It is humbling and a true blessing to be receiving your prayers and financial support. We are thankful that we have been able to pay every bill on time thus far. Thank you and God’s richest blessings as we seek to serve the Lord with our lives.

Seeking to Serve Him, Chad Starfeldt and Family

Monday, July 27, 2009

Greek and Summer Plans

Chad is surviving Greek. He learning plu perfect verb forms, how to parse nouns and verbs, and "morphing." He also learned a very technical process in translating called "whoopdeedooing." I have a new understanding of the phrase, "It's all Greek to me!"

Meanwhile, the kids and I have been tackling some summer math and spelling. Sarai went to a four day sleep-over camp. Caleb enjoyed archery camp and invention camp. Eden is trying to master swimming without floaties. I am learning new knitting techniques.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sing Along!

Eden sings, "This is my commandment that you love one another that your joy BABY FOAM." No amount of explaining could convince her to sing "may be full."

"The word of the Lord holds true" should actually be sung, "The Word of the Lord A-Choo!"

Friday, June 12, 2009

It's Friday! All three kids are on a morning jog with Chad. (I am expecting that to last about fifteen minutes.) Chad and I are going to a wedding tonight. We are all soaking up time with our Greek-bound man.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Giving Out Hope

Recently I spoke with a man who is struggling with some pretty big things and he said “Thank you for giving me hope.” That is what ministry is about. Not just empty promises or wishful thinking but hope because God is in control, Jesus Christ is with us and the Holy Spirit will guide us if we seek Him.

I begin my preparation to be a giver of hope through Jesus Christ as a pastor on Monday, June 15th. That is the day Greek will start to now longer Greek to me. I am excited and scared at the same time. I am excited to be following the dream and call God has put in me. I am a little scared to have to learn Greek and to go down to a ¼ of my income and have to be paying for school as well.

We are getting closer to meeting our financial needs for this coming year but we are not there yet. If you can help in any way, it will be greatly appreciated. Check out more at: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/269316/32213388?m=6d54c0aa

Please pray for us as we are a week away from a big leap of faith.

Trusting in Him,
Chad Starfeldt