Bethel Lutheran Church On July 3rd Judge Harder granted Bethel's request for dismissal in the lawsuit filed against the church by a small but vocal minority seeking to force the congregation to return to the ELCA and the removal of all non-roistered ELCA pastors. This is an answer to our prayer. However the plaintiffs now have 30 days to refile an amended complaint. Judge Harder found that the original complaint did not establish subject matter jurisdiction under which the court may analyze the dispute. Please join us in rejoicing for the Lord's answer to our prayer as well as prayer for repentance and reconciliation instead of further litigation. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Here is a previous report on the situation.