Pastor Malone has been married to Dianne H. (Volk) Malone for 54 years. They are blessed with four daughters, four sons in law, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.
Hobbies include his grandkids, fishing, sailing, swimming, hiking, and shooting. He has made two trips to Jerusalem and Israel (2009 & 2011).
Retired from the United States Navy as a Naval Engineering Officer, Lieutenant with enlisted service.
Graduated from: L.A. City College, Cal State Los Angeles, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Andrew Jackson University Birmingham, Alabama.
Degrees Include: AA in Business Administration, BS in Business Administration, Masters of Divinity, and Ph.D. in Christian Counseling
Date: November 2, 2020
From the Pastor’s Desk:
Grace, mercy, and peace be to you in these trying times. At the Church Council meeting, I was encouraged to write concerning certain topics. I will do that now.
I was asked to point to our web page for the church, which is also on the front page of your worship program cover page under the physical address for St. John’s. If you have Wi-Fi, you should try connecting to this web address and see what we have done there. We have really moved forward here. Dave and Susan and many others have added much to it. Susan’s husband, Jim, has been working on a new web page for us and I for one am looking forward to his results. Dave and Dan and others have been trying to get the PayPal app functioning on our web page. We chose to use PayPal for security reasons and are now in the process of installing it for testing. We hope to have it up within the week so that your offering can then be done by computer, or check by snail mail as fits your needs while the pandemic rages on. Yes, your offerings are still needed for us to continue to function as a church and accomplish our mission work here in the community. Our church website is www.stjohnslutheranslc.org. This is given here for your ease of use and encouragement.
Suggestions for improvement are always welcome.We need and want you to invite others to our Website and to view our Zoom ministry. Your friends, family, neighbors and strangers are all good candidates for membership in the Christian Church with you. We want to see them in heaven with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and us. If they don’t know Jesus, they will not get there. “He that believes and is baptized will be saved.” He that does not believe/trust in Jesus as their Savior will not be saved. They cannot save themselves and our mission is to share the good news of God’s salvation through Christ Jesus with them.
Our preschool website is www.stjohnsccdc.org. Look it over and realize this is one of our most active ministries here in Salt Lake, even during the pandemic. We are, in fact, one of the largest preschools in Missouri Synod. Our executive administrator, Chaney Zinn, and her capable staff have really done an excellent job to make this ministry blossom, with the Lord’s help of course, making it into something we can all be very proud of and support. It fills a great need in our community and offers both opportunity and service to our Lord.
One thing on the horizon for us to bring into being is St. John’s Bible College. Volunteers to help me get this organized and off the ground are really needed. So come forward with your time, treasures and talent. My hope is to put this together and launch it as a virtual college on line using Zoom in January of 2021.
Our church property has lots of opportunity for service. Dennis Polster, Dave Lust, and Don Sandoval and other volunteers have helped to keep things together. I am reminded that those over 70 are getting or are extremely tired and that we need new blood to augment these great volunteers. We need to pass down the wisdom of how it is all put together and where everything is while this talent is available. Please make yourself available if this is something you are willing to do. Otherwise we are going to have to pay for services and the budget is badly strained right now. We have some money in reserve and decided not to replace the 25 year old flat roof on the school at St. John’s until after we get through the pandemic. We may need to use it for emergencies to get through some very hard times. Even if we do not expend it this winter, we will need to replace the swamp coolers for the church and school this spring. We need an additional $20,000 added to what we have to do the roof and replace the swamp cooler. God will provide and I trust He will bless us with what we need to accomplish this.
Vicar Paul Chuol is going to be preaching in English in our 10 AM services as he is getting closer to ordination. Please be patient with him as he learns how to proclaim God’s love and forgiveness. He has only about six months left before he graduates from Concordia’s EIIT program. It will then be time for him to be ordained and receive a call as a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor. We will need to support his development and watch the wonder of the Lord creating this new servant of His word. He and I will team preach during this period. We will hear the Word of God and bless His holy Name as we look forward to this milestone in the kingdom of God.
Confirmation class begins the evening of November 15, tentatively set for 7 p.m. I have one student, but I am open to anyone young or old who wishes to join the class. We will be doing this by Zoom. Classes like this will be part of our Zoom archive.
Considering the church website, those who have topics they would like to have explained please make your suggestions to me by email. firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to set up a series of questions and answers to better explain what the Lutheran Church and Holy Scripture says about these topics and post them on our web page for all to read and understand.
What Lutherans believe, teach, and confess will be one of those topics.
I plan to make up a series of Zoom shorts titled “My concerns for our Mormon neighbors ” which will discuss Mormon teachings and how they are understood against the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. Some good honest loving dialog should be helpful.
The future opportunity for our ministry together is exciting and hopeful. We will move on as God leads us into the future in His Kingdom here on earth. As we develop new tools like Zoom we should utilize them to the good of our neighbors and the glory of God. To Him be the glory forever! Amen!
You are welcome to kick these things around and help your church and ministry move forward.
See you at the voters meeting this Sunday.
Joy and Peace,