When you think of faith, you immediately identify that term with religion and church. Pastor Chris Olkiewicz has been the lead pastor at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church since December of 2010, and he describes faith as continual journey.
“Faith may collapse in ruin, and you have to figure out how to put it back together again,” Olkiewicz says. “As a Christian, in Jesus, we see God on the cross inhabiting the shape of agonizing pain and suffering. Trust is that divine promise that God is at work in our lives. We see the brokenness of life and the human life is in need of healing restoration by the power of God.”
A quote from St Augustin says, “Our hearts are restless, oh God, until they find their rest in you.” We are always reaching for something beyond ourselves, always restless, seeking to grow in our relationship with God and our relationship with others.
The happenings at Windsor Heights Lutheran are as follows: Lent begins this year with Ash Wednesday on March 5. Before declaring the Lenten fast, the congregation blows out all the stops with a Mardi Gras-style service on March 2 led by their brass band. It will be a grand celebration before beginning the quieter season of Lent.
The Rev. Sarai Rice, executive director of the Des Moines Area Religious Council, will be guest preacher for the weekend. Rice will discuss the work of DMARC, an organization that impacts the lives of many in their community in various ways, including the food pantry program. Grocery carts are always present in the church to receive food donations for the Windsor Heights/Urbandale Food Pantry.
The Rev. Rice will also share about DMARC’s $1.3 million capital campaign for its move to a new location at 1435 Mulberry. The centerpiece of this construction and renovation project is a new warehouse and distribution facility that will significantly enhance DMARC’s ability to move the food from generous donors onto the tables of our hungry neighbors. A special offering taken on March 1-2 and at Wednesday services throughout Lent will go to the DMARC capital campaign. Donations of food items are encouraged as well.