Pastor Bob & Karen Lawson
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Bob Lawson and his wife, Karen came to Living Faith Church in December 2010 from Long Island, NY. They have two children, Kristi and Dan and seven grandchildren. Pastor Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Ministry from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, MN in 1999. He served as pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and as Chaplain at DeGraff Memorial Hospital both in North Tonawanda, NY before moving to Watford City.
Pastor’s Annual Report, 2015
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
Paul used this greeting in each of his letters to the churches that follow the Book of Acts in the New Testament. Grace and peace, in full measure pressed down and overflowing is my wish for each of you as we serve together here at Living Faith in the coming year. In his letter to the church in Philippi he writes,
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Phil 1:3-6 NLT)
I feel the same about each of you, my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ! I give thanks to my God for you and I hold each of you up in prayer, making my requests for all of you with joy. Paul continues and I echo his words:
“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.” (Phil 1:9-10 NLT)
This past year was a challenge as we all got a little impatient with our contractor. In God’s perfect timing everything came together and we are now settled into the new building where the church (all of us) gathers to worship, fellowship, and be encouraged in our mission together. Gary Witkop, our regional Pastor said it best at the dedication, the building is a tool to use in ministry. As we plan ministry outreach together and pray for God’s direction may we make good use of God’s rich provision. Thank you to all who gave, it’s miraculous how we exceeded all of our financial goals!
The church records show one baptism, two confirmations and one new family accepted into membership. We are seeing many new families attending each week. I would encourage each of you to welcome visitors by inviting them to have a meal with you and come with you as you participate in church activities and programs. Of all the church growth programs churches try the most success comes from making friends with newcomers.
Blessings in the coming year,