Rest in Peace, Midge

June 24, 2016

Marjorie “Midge” Pauline Wright, 91, passed away at home on June 22, 2016.  She was born to Edwin and Anna Ronning Norum on May 29, 1925 in Lisbon, North Dakota. She was always proud of her Norwegian heritage.  Midge married Robert Henry Wright on March 26, 1955 in Moorhead, Minnesota and they had three children: James Robert, Clinton, UT; Andrew Collins (Isabella), Syracuse, UT; and Susan Carolyn, Layton, UT; grandson Conor (Jacqueline) Wright; granddaughters Candice (Eliot) Reynolds; Sarah (Jeremy Hoppe) Rasmussen; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Parker, Kimber and Brecklyn.

Midge was a faithful member of Light of the Valley Lutheran Church in Layton and enjoyed her many friends and activities there.  She worked as an Office Manager at Hi-Land Dairy for over 20 years.  She was an avid reader and loved her dogs and their daily walks together.

She is survived by her three children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and her sisters Eleanor and Lillian.  She is preceded in death by her husband and brother Al.

Memorial services will be held at noon on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1074 N. Fairfield Rd, with Pastor Jonathan Klein officiating.

Cremation entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Rd., Layton, UT.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Reformation Dissolution

October 6, 2014

TrinityPastor+MrsDear Friends of Trinity ,

On Sunday, September 21, following the Divine Service, we held our quarterly meeting of the Voters’ Assembly of Trinity Lutheran Church. At this meeting the voters present unanimously (with the abstentions of Pastor and Donna Hering) passed the Council’s recommendation of a closure date of 31 October, 2014 for the dissolution of the congregation known as Trinity Lutheran Church in Layton, Davis County, Utah. Our final worship service will be the regular Divine Service on Sunday, 26 October with the rite of closure preceding the final Benediction. This will allow a few days for final disposition of property remaining on the premises. Please contact me if you think you or someone you know might have a use for such things as an electronic or digital organ, pews, padded chairs (folding or stacking), secretary/receptionist desk, portable sound system (Peavey), paraments, communion ware, etc. I will post pictures of these things below.

My family and I plan to remain here in Utah until God calls me to serve elsewhere, or until the need for employment dictates otherwise. First Lutheran Church in Tooele, UT has indicated they would like to continue receiving my services as their vacancy pastor. Our Circuit Visitor, Rev. John Manweiler, is working with the Rocky Mountain District office to facilitate that. Depending on how that is structured, the Hering family will either transfer to Cross of Christ, Bountiful or First, Tooele.

Thank you all for your friendship, support, and prayers through the years.

Your appreciative servant of the Word,
Pastor Hering

Going Forward

March 14, 2014

Alexa’s oncology team is going to use the MRI of two weeks ago as a baseline, monitor it every three months for now to see how it is (or hopefully, isn’t) growing, and treat it accordingly.

Lord, God, have mercy on your little children for Jesus sake.

My Little Sweetie’s Three Year MRI and Clinic Is This Week

April 7, 2013


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing with Us

December 22, 2012

Manger_Scene22 Hark! The herald angels sing–and we the dear baptized children of God with them.

Hail, the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteolusness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Rios’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark the herald angels soing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”
LSB Hymn #380
This Christmas Eve at 7pm the people of Trinity will gather to witness the second birth of Christy Valino and her daughter Agustina Garcia in Holy Baptism, even as we celebrate birth of the Christ child in the Christmas message and carols of His Church. We will also welcome Carlos Garcia, husband to Christy and father to Agustina, into membership here at Trinity by Confirmation of faith.

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in at 74 N. Fort Lane and worship Christ the newborn King with us. If you are not, join us around the throne of God at your local altar where the Holy Spirit keeps you with Christ Jesus and all the company of heaven.

And for any of you who have not been to church to hear and receive God’s Word and Promise of forgiveness in Christ Jesus, what better time to come and be welcomed back by our Lord and His Father in heaven?

In the peace of the Christ Child–
Our Crucified and Resurrected Savior,
Pastor Hering

June 28, 2012

Good works and the suffering of Christ and the Christian go hand in hand. To live in Christ is to suffer for the sake of serving one’s neighbor and brother.


7 … it is God’s will, order, and command that believers should walk in good works. Truly good works are not those that everyone does himself from a good intention, or which are done according to human traditions, but those that God Himself has prescribed and commanded in His Word. Also, truly good works are done not by our own natural powers, but in this way: when a person is reconciled with God through faith and renewed by the Holy Spirit.…

8 … the good works of believers are pleasing and acceptable to God (although in this flesh they are impure and incomplete). They are acceptable for the sake of the Lord Christ, through faith, because the person is acceptable to God. …

9 Faith must be the mother and source of works that are truly good and well pleasing to God, which God will reward in this world and in the world to come. This is why St. Paul calls them true fruit of faith, also fruit of the Spirit [Galatians 5:22–23]. For, as Dr. Luther writes in the Preface to St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans:

Faith, however, is a divine work in us that changes us and makes us to be born anew of God, John 1[:12–13]. It kills the old Adam and makes us altogether different men, in heart and spirit and mind and powers; it brings with it the Holy Spirit. O, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good works incessantly. 11 It does not ask whether good works are to be done, but before the question is asked, it has already done them, and is constantly doing them. Whoever does not do such works, however, is an unbeliever. He gropes and looks around for faith and good works, but knows neither what faith is nor what good works are. Yet he talks and talks, with many words, about faith and good works.

12Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times. This knowledge of and confidence in God’s grace makes men glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and all creatures. And this is the work that the Holy Spirit performs in faith. Because of it, without compulsion, a person is ready and glad to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer everything, out of love and praise to God, who has shown him this grace. Thus it is impossible to separate works from faith, quite as impossible as to separate heat and light from fire.

Condensed quotations from the Lutheran Confessions from Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, copyright 2005, 2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“Fellowship As the Body of Christ”–The Seventh Annual Theological Conference of The Augustana Ministerium & Confraternity

June 12, 2012

Surprisingly, in a time when the pendulum seems to have swung to the “right,” faithful Lutheran pastors who take their call and ordination vows seriously continue to be disposed of precisely for being faithful. This assault on the Office of the Holy Ministry–which we confess was instituted by Christ Himself according to AC V “That we may obtain this faith” of the Chief Article, AC IV–if anything, has intensified of late.

The faithful exercise of this office in regard to the public administration of the Sacrament of the Altar is almost always a primary bone of contention when a pastor is wrongfully deposed.

The Augustana Ministerium & Confraternity is a pastoral association and supportingconfraternity of laymen formed to preserve and promote Lutheran pastors and adistinctively Lutheran Ministry of Word and Sacrament to Lutheran congregations in the face of such assaults. As such it exists to defend, encourage, and admonish its members; to upholdthe Office of the Holy Ministry, to foster missionary activity; and to promotethe raising up of qualified men into this holy office.

This year’sSeventh Annual Theological Conference of The Augustana Ministerium & Confraternity seeks to confront thisabominable situation in our Lutheran churches by examining “Fellowship As theBody of Christ” August 7-9, 2012 @ Quality Inn & Suites, Elk Grove Village,IL. Registration details as well as the slate of presenters and topics follows my signature. This promises to be a vigorous and enlightening three days of theological study, fraternal discussion, and good old Lutheran Gemütlichkeit.

You can find out more about The Augustana Ministerium & Confraternity, make donations, and register for the Conference at our website,

The Rev. Kurt M. Hering, Dean of Pastoral Care
The Augustana Mnisterium

Presenters and topics include:

Rev. Robin Fish Jr.
(Former Pastor and organist, LC-MS)
“Fellowship and the Office of the Holy Ministry: Suffering and Honor in the Body of Christ”

Rev. Bruce Ley
(Pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod of Albany, OR; BoD-Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations)
“When Fellowship Isn’t Fellowship:
What Are Pastors and Congregations to Do?
An Alphabet Soup from ACELC [intraSynod] to TAM [intraLutheran]and beyond [ACLC/ELDoNA fellowship agreement].”

Rev. Brian Saunders (President, LC-MS Iowa East District)–“Communion Casuistry”

Rev. Gregory Schultz (Pastor, LC-MS, Eastern District)–“Authority and Discipline: Their Roles in Fellowship As the Body ofChrist.”

Rev. Terry Small (Pastor, Saint John Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod of Homestead, IA)–“Closed Communion: Where are the Boundaries”

The theological portion of the program is open to members and non-members, clergy and laity alike. The Plenary Session of the Ministerium will be open to all attendees, except during an executive session, should one be called.

The cost of the conference will be $30. (For members of The Augustana Ministerium or The Augustana Confraternity, having paid your 2012 dues—$50 for Ministerium members, $40 for Confraternity members—this $30 fee is covered by said dues. Thus, membership in the Ministerium or Confraternity is an amazing value for those who are able to attend the conference…and still a very good value for those who cannot attend!)

Make checks payable to:
The Augustana Ministerium
c/o The Rev. Gregory J. Schultz, Bursar
721 Payne Avenue
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Discounted rooms are available at the Quality Inn & Suites for those attending the Conference and Plenary. Rates of $69.99 per night for a room with one king bed, or $74.99 per night for a room with two double beds are available when reservations are made before July 1st.

Conference and Lodging location:

Quality Inn & Suites, Elk Grove Village, IL (Chicago/O’Hare area)
100 Busse Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 593-8600

Please be sure to mention the Augustana Ministerium for the group rates, before July 1st.

For further information or questions, please call Rev. Anthony Oncken at (847) 548-0448, or e-mail at