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Detroit Congregation Goes Self-Supporting

Every other month our CLC Board of Missions updates us with recent news from various mission fields.

On October 16, 2022, the voters of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Madison Heights, Michigan, voted unanimously to become a self-supporting congregation beginning in 2023, ending almost twenty years’ status as a domestic mission subsidized by the synod. After a great deal of prayer and a thorough exami

All of this is cause for great celebration and praise to our gracious Lord! We can only stand in awe and proclaim with the Psalmist, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.” (Psalm 126:3 ESV) It is truly an awesome privilege to behold the effective work of God’s saving Word, both in the hearts of new believers and also upon the growth of a small congregation in a large metro area. The Apostle John was right, “And from his [Christ’s] f ullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16 ESV) Not only have the people of Mount Zion received the redeeming grace given through God’s own Son Jesus Christ, but in recent years we’ve also received the grace of a growing congregation. Grace upon grace—it’s all grace!

Another wondrous aspect of God’s grace is how He often uses other Christians to dispense it. Mount Zion congregation would not be here today if not for the domestic mission program of the CLC Board of Missions, and the generous mission dollars of the people of our synod. All of which gives us great reason to say, “Many thanks from Mount Zion!” We are truly grateful for the bond of Christian fellowship and love found in the Church of the Lutheran Confession. In this group of like-minded believers, God has provided us with not only faithful preaching and teaching of His Word, but also a family of fellow Christians who have supported and prayed for us year after year. Grace upon grace! Where else can such truth and love exist except within a spiritual family bonded together by the blood of Christ? The members of the CLC have been to Mount Zion a living embodiment of Paul’s Christian encouragement in Galatians 6:10, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (ESV) Sincerely, many thanks from Mount Zion!

May God continue to bless the people of the Church of the Lutheran Confession with His rich grace and mercy, enabling us to grow in faith in Jesus Christ and love toward one another!

Joyfully serving our Savior with you,

Your Brothers and Sisters at Mount Zion

Members of Mount Zion at Christmastime
Members of Mount Zion at Christmastime

Members of Mount Zion at Christmastime

Thomas Naumann is pastor of Mount Zion Lutheran Church of Madison Heights, Michigan.