Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

What an absolutely wonderful vacation Don and I had! 

We were able to play in the Gulf of Mexico just about every day during our annual trip to Destin, Florida.  My favorite experience was floating in the Gulf around mid-morning on our last full day.  The water was calm and peaceful.  I was calm and peaceful.  Then it happened.  A school of fish decided to play around me.  They swam alongside me, jumping out of the water near my head, my hands and my feet.  It was incredible.  The hymn “When Peace Like a River” came to mind as well as the passage Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10.  I was once again reminded of the overwhelming sense of God’s presence and peace.  That memory has and will continue to remind me that when the storms of life rage, God’s peace is merely a breath away in prayer.  As you close your eyes, I pray that this same sense of peace, of well-being, of God’s calming presence be with you as well. 

With Christ’s love,

Pastor Laura


When Peace Like a River — ELW #785

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul.

Pastor Laura Altman began serving our congregation in April, 2011. She grew up in Northwest Indiana where her siblings still reside. After high school, she received an undergraduate degree from Purdue in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She worked many years in the telecommunications industry in Engineering, Marketing and Training.

After several life changes, she felt the call to ordained ministry. She graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and was ordained in the summer of 2000. Since her ordination she has served congregations in the Indiana- Kentucky Synod of the ELCA.

Pastor Laura is married to Don Altman who works with Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. Their son Stephen DeWitte, also a graduate of Purdue University works in his Civil Engineering field with the Kentucky Cabinet of Transportation.

Pastor Laura sees her ministry as building bridges between one another and God. She loves to open up scriptures and show how God is in our everyday lives. Join us for online worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM, and ZOOM Faith Practice Forums on Wednesdays at noon and 6:30 PM. We have a very dynamic and mission-focused congregation that reaches out to our community in a variety of ways.

Pastor Laura can be reached at

Faith Practices Forum

Living Faith – Call to Discipleship

Followers of Jesus are inspired to develop practices and patterns for living that characterize a life that is devoted to daily discipleship.  Seven common practices have been identified as key to model and nurture. 

June 10th ~ Prayer
June 17th ~ Study
June 24th ~ Worship
July 1st ~ Invite
July 8th ~ Encourage
July 15th ~ Serve
July 22nd ~ Give

Please join us on Wednesdays, for a forum on each topic at noon or 6:30 PM 

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