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January 2, 2012


In our prayers:

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Good morning. Just a little while ago, I received an email from Rev. Jim Buckman of our district informing everyone that the Park Ranger who was shot at Mount Rainier Park in Washington State was the daughter of Rev. Paul & Dorothy Kritsch of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield, NJ of our New Jersey District (LCMS).

As Pastor Buchman wrote in his email about this senseless murder:

“Our Savior questioned His Father; He wondered why He had been forsaken (Matthew 27:46); in Jesus we have a High Priest who is familiar with our sufferings; He has been tempted and tested in every way that we have (Hebrews 4:15). He cried with Mary over the loss of her brother (John 11:35).

An older Pastor once said, “The church divides your sorrows and multiplies your joys”. This is the time for the church to be the church; to come together and minister to her Minister.”

Our heartfelt prayers go out to Pastor and Mrs. Kritsch in this terrible time of grief. Please keep them and the people of Redeemer in your prayers.

Story Link

Ranger Shot and Killed at Mount Rainier Park
Law enforcement officials were searching late Sunday night for a man suspected in the shooting death of a park ranger who had tried to stop his vehicle.

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  1. Jan 2 2012

    Praying for the family who lost their beloved one. Also praying that that guy will be caught soon! This is so sad!

  2. Jan 2 2012

    I was shocked when I read the email this morning. My heart breaks for Pastor Paul and his wife and their family. May God provide them all with the loving assurance of peace through Jesus Christ.


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