Some came from far away and some from nearby, some by plane and others by car, on Thursday, December 7, 2017. They came for the spread of the Gospel to the ends of the earth, for the fellowship that comes through the Gospel, and for the sake of our Main Street Living (MSL) television ministry. At the same time, they came for a major holiday in these parts—hunting pheasants.
Some of the guests recorded services for MSL: Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison (LCMS President), who preached the Christmas message; Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy (English District President) who preached a message for New Year’s weekend; Rev. Scott Sailer (SD District President), who shared the message for the Baptism of Our Lord; Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola (Mid-South District President and former member of Zion-Sioux Falls), who preached the message for 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany; and Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm (LCMS Board of Directors Chairman and pastor of Holy Cross, Dakota Dunes), who preached for the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany.
I, too, was a guest along with several other SD District pastors gathered for this special time of fellowship. After the taping of MSL services at Zion Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, there was a tme of “meet and greet” with the President and other leaders of our church body. We then enjoyed a meal at Zion, and then we headed to our host homes in the Gregory area. We were privileged stay in the homes of Terry and Jody Leibel and the Rev. Bill and JoAnn Serr.
The next morning, December 8, we headed over to the KAW Farms near Burke. After introductions and words of encouragement to be wise in our shots and be safe around firearms, we headed out for the hunt. Shots started going up and birds began to come down. I was privileged and honored to spend the day with Carl Harrison, the oldest member of the hunting group and the father of President Harrison, as a blocker. President Harrison’s son, Matthew, was with us, and so three generations of the Harrison had the rare opportunity to hunt together. All of us had great time, and thankfully it was a great and successful hunt.
We are thankful to all of those who made this time of fellowship possible, all without any funding from Main Street Living. We wish to thank the sponsors of this hunt: Campbell Supply Company and Mary Campbell, Mid-State Appraisal Service, Terry & Jody Leibel, Kyle Wilhelmsen (our excellent guide, assisted by his fabulous dogs), and KAW Farms. Special thanks to Dutch TeSlaa of Main Street Living for arranging the hunt and cooking a couple of the meals for the group.
I am so thankful for the Main Street Living ministry that promotes and proclaims the Gospel so that people might come to know Jesus as our only Lord and Savior, and for the fellowship in the field and everywhere.
Submitted by Rev. Nabil Nour (3rd VP of the Synod, Great Plains Region; and pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church Hartford, SD and Foot Washer ‐‐ Phil. 1:6)