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John Bussman

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In his primary vocation, Rev. Bussman is husband to Emily and father to sons Gabriel and Luke. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Concordia University, Nebraska (Winter 2007), where he also played collegiate tennis. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2012 with a Masters of Divinity. Not only was he very studious, he is also known to be the greatest intramural champion of all time.
 
Rev. Bussman is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Seminary with a concentration in the history and theology of worship and how that helps to form us as Christians.
 
Additionally, Rev. Bussman has written for Gottesdienst, the Journal of Lutheran Liturgy, since 2018, and he has served as a professor of religion at Wallace State Community College since 2015, where he teaches surveys of both Old and New Testament as well as Biblical Interpretation.
 
 
In his spare time, Rev. Bussman enjoys woodworking, yardwork, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his family.
 
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  • On The State Mask Order

    Dear Friends in Christ,

     

    This has been yet another week of changes in our state due to COVID-19. I’m sure you’re all aware that masks have been mandated throughout the state by Governor Ivey. This response is in no way meant to start a “mask debate.” It’s intended to inform you of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. We’re also in full compliance with the mandate.

     

    First, our goal has been to get people back in the doors as quickly as possible. If wearing a mask expedites that goal being met, so be it; however, churches have been labeled as exempt from the mandate. I would still like to encourage their use during times of entrance and exit from the building as these are the times that we will be in closest proximity to each other. Once you’re in your seat and safely distanced, feel free to remove your mask.

     

    Second, you will notice that Pastor Clark and I will not be wearing masks. It is necessary that we are able to clearly communicate during the service. This is not possible while having our face covered. We also have taken great care as to not come into contact with multitudes of people outside of Sunday. We do regular temperature checks as well. This being said, we will put on a mask during the distribution of the Sacrament of the Altar during these days of the mask mandate.

     

    Third, there are those of you who have medical conditions that hinder you from wearing a mask. I’m not going to ask if you have such a condition. If you aren’t wearing a mask as you come and go, I’ll assume you fit into this category and proceed without question. I’d encourage others to do the same.

     

    Finally, pray. The devil is hard at work seeking to deceive and divide. May it not be so among us! I’m sure we all have differing opinions on if a mask works or if it doesn’t and if the government has the right to do what they’ve done. None of those debates are going to strengthen us as a body. Only the Word and Sacrament can accomplish that. Let us hear that Word and join in the Feast joyfully together as our Lord guides us along the way.

     

    Your Servant in Christ,


     

    +Pastor Bussman

  • Services Resume as of May 17th

    Services inside St. Paul's resumed on Sunday, May 17th and will continue with only 8 and 10:30 services being held. While we are excited to join together again, we realize the virus is still a concern. If you fall into the categories given of those who are especially compromised, we encourage you to take extra precaution if you plan to join service in person. If you are remaining in quarantine, please continue to join us online and we will see you as soon as you are ready. 

     

    Precautions are in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. Everything will be printed in the bulletin, the offering plates will be stationary by the entry points, individual cups are available for communion and we ask that you observe the six feet of separation as recommenced. 

  • Services Update May 2020

    Until further notice, worship services will be online only. Our YouTube Channel is linked here on the website.  Make sure you click the SUBSCRIBE button on St. Paul's YouTube channel so you don't miss anything. Sunday services will begin at 8 AM. Bulletins and online giving is available under the "Resources" tab. Private confession and distribution of the Sacrament take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 AM - 11 AM or by appointment. We continue to monitor the situation and work with state and local officials to get us all back to in person services soon. 

  • Trip to Israel

    Pastor Bussman is planning on leading a trip to Israel from September 15th to the 28th in 2019. More details will be forthcoming. Please see Pastor if you may be interested in this trip.