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  • We Sit At Jesus’ Feet

    Posted on July 28th, 2007 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Luke 10:38-42

    We Sit At Jesus’ Feet (.mp3 – 4 MB)

    You know that I was recently a student at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. As a student I had the privilege of learning from some very gifted men. My classmates and I would marvel from time to time at the honor we had to sit at the feet of these men whom God blessed with experience as pastors and whom God blessed with insight into his Word. Consider, also, the privilege Mary had as she sat at the feet of Jesus. Imagine, sitting at those feet that would one day walk to Golgotha, sitting at those feet that would be pierced by a nail in order to save us. What a privilege that must have been.

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  • July 2007 News

    Posted on July 26th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Welcome back to the Draper’s Diary, coming to you from our new home in Sleepy Eye, MN! We’ve had an amazing two months of graduation, moving, vacation and ordination/installation and our lives are finally settling down a bit. We’ve set up photo galleries to share with you all of the big events we’ve experienced:

    Vacation in . . .

    • Branson – Amusement park overload! 😉 Luke is the king of roller coasters!
    • Mississippi – Special time with Sallie’s family celebrating the fourth of July
    • Alabama – Camping at DeSoto State Park & visiting the Space and Rocket Museum

    as well as Pastor Draper’s Ordination and Installation at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, MN.

    We also want to invite you to our newest web site christinsight.gif where an archive of all of Pastor Draper’s work will be posted, organized in multiple ways for easy searching.

    We’ll close this month with a prayer request for Sallie’s dad, Pete Wilson, as he undergoes medical tests and treatment. Please read on for additional news from the Draper’s and come back next month for more.

    To God be the glory . . . Great things he has done!


  • Happy 12th Birthday Stanley!

    Posted on July 26th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Our first-born is growing up! Stanley is 12 years old today. His favorite things as a 12-year-old are dragon books, books in general, Zelda, Pokemon and Age of Empires video/computer games and books! His favorite food is cheesecake! In school (he’ll start 7th grade this year) his favorite subject is Social Studies. Recently he played a few rounds of golf with his Grandma for the first time, particularly enjoying the opportunity to drive the golf cart (YIKES!). He seems to be adding an inch in height every day and is looking forward to the day when he is taller than his Mom. 😉

    In honor of his special day, we’ve added a gallery of baby pictures of Stanley from days gone by.

    Stanley’s baby photo gallery

    We love you Stanley!!!


  • You Can’t Love Your Way to Heaven

    Posted on July 21st, 2007 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Luke 10:25-37

    You Can’t Love Your Way to Heaven (.mp3 – 4 MB)

    Normally, when you come to church you expect to hear a message of comfort. You have had to endure the suffering and hardships that this world throws at you and you want to hear that God still loves you. Today as we look at the story of the Good Samaritan, we look at the person to whom Jesus told that story and why Jesus told that story. We realize that this story is not intended to comfort. These words tell us how we fail to love our neighbor. These words tell us that we cannot love our way to heaven – we cannot by loving our neighbor get ourselves into heaven.

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  • Ordination Highlights

    Posted on July 16th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Pastor Draper is off to his first official day of work. His ordination and the celebration meal afterwards were wonderful. Pastor Luke Werre, Kevin’s bishop (supervising pastor), from his vicar year preached for the service and a total of eight pastors participated in the blessings during the service. The service concluded with Pastor Kuckhahn, St. John’s vacancy pastor, draping him with a stole to signify the ordination. It was all very moving, to say the least, and the fact that we could share the special day with so many of our new church family as well as many friends from our New Ulm days was very special. We also want to share it with you, so here is audio of Pastor Werre’s sermon as well as a few photos of the day.

    Pasor Luke Werre’s sermon for Pator Kevin Draper’s ordination – (4 Mb – 14 mins – MP3)


    The pastor and his family on a very happy day!



    Kevin’s proud parents, Jack and Judy, were here for the service


    It was extra special to share this important day with the Werre family


    St. John’s members David Honeman and Steve Windschitl present Pastor Draper with the new church sign

  • Ready for Ordination

    Posted on July 14th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    The Draper’s arrived home to Sleepy Eye on Wednesday of this week after a relaxing “celebration” vacation. And now we have arrived at the eve of Pastor Kevin Draper’s ordination into the public ministry. The ordination service will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s in Sleepy Eye (3rd St. SE & Walnut St.). Please join us for this special service if you can.

    When we got here on Wednesday, right away we started unpacking and arranging our home. It was great fun to do because the house is incredible and the congregation had worked VERY hard to update it, including new interior paint throughout. We still have a ways to go with our unpacking efforts, but everything is falling into place very nicely. The Texas Drapers (Kevin’s parents, Jack and Judy) arrived on Thursday to be with us, pulling a trailer with our dining room table which we stored for the past six years. We had a joyous reunion!

    We have loads of pictures to share with you over the next few weeks of our vacation fun and our beautiful new church, school and home. We may even have some video of the ordination, so be sure to check back!

    Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
    1 Corinthians 15:58