Pastor Annette K Ruhs Kruse
Yes, I use the full name Annette K Ruhs Kruse in ministry. My father encouraged my call but didn’t live to experience it. So I honor him in this way. Also, since my mother has been gone for almost ten years, I also remember her. She was my biggest cheerleader and supporter through the process. Growing up in a Christian home and always encouraged to follow my dreams, to seek after God’s plan, and to share the gifts God has given me. As a result I graduated from Morningside College with a BME. Then I taught vocal music for three years. Dave and I met the fall of my first year teaching and married the following June. Dave’s background is working with the physically and mentally challenged. Perhaps this is why he has enjoyed life in ministry. Dave is now retired, but driving for Uber and will drive school buses this fall.
We have been in pastoral ministry since 1984. We have three children who have been on our journey as well. Sarah, is married to Joey Svejda and living in Atkins. They have a son, Jacob, who is growing up much too fast! Samuel was born the summer we began seminary. He is married to Nichole. They reside in Las Vegas and have two sons; Elijah, 2, and Andrew 3 months. (This Grandma is still waiting to meet and hold this precious bundle!) Samuel live and works in Sioux City and has a girlfriend, Nancy, who also lives and works in Sioux City. All three of our children are musical and talented. We are so proud of them. The have also chosen partners in life who are just as talented. God has truly blessed us.
With the crazy weather we have had it seems hard to believe that it is already March and it seems just as difficult to realize that it is only March! Time passes whether we are ready or not! Here we are in the midst of Lent and struggle daily with the reality that whether we are ready for eternity or not, it comes for all of us. Yet, God has given us the opportunity to be prepared and live freely as forgiven and loved children. True freedom is ours because of Jesus.
How do we find that freedom? Most of us have heard the stories, read the scriptures, and even claimed a belief in the saving grace of God. Yet, we still carry the heaviness of the sin in our life or the promises made but never honored. What is it that holds us back from enjoying the fullness of a life in Christ? What are we afraid of?
Isaiah 40:28 (NL) reads “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.” God has never and will never give up on us. Over and over, throughout human history, God reaches out, holds on to us, and holds out hope until there is no more hope to have that we will take hold, truly believe, and choose to LIVE!! That is a life in Christ!
Join us for worship throughout Lent and join us on the journey. We each must walk our own path and be confronted one on one. Where are you on that journey? Wherever you/we are, know that you are not alone. God holds us, walks with us, and receives us as we make the transition to living in the promise. God’s love sustains and fortifies us!!
Today is the day.
Now is the time!!
Freedom is ours!!
Your sister in Christ,