Spring Newsletter


"Parkside Lutheran Church is a community dedicated to loving and serving God, our neighbors, and each other in a welcoming atmosphere of tranquility and peace."'s Article


Take time to look at this picture carefully.  At first glance it looks like it is just a simple painting of wine, a wine glass and some bread.  But actually it's quite a bit more than that.  The wine glass is used to frame the image of Jesus as he is depicted in the Da Vinci's "Last Supper".  

At first I really liked this photo because it was such a novel idea in my mind; using bread and wine to frame Da Vinci's "Last Supper".  But after looking at this picture dozens of times I began to consider some of the bigger implications of such a picture.  

Because I think this inviting us to change the way we view the world. 


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I am utterly amazed by the idea that every person views the world in a least a slightly different way.  Obviously, these different points of view can often result in violence and conflict but it also adds so much vibrance and life to our world.


Each individual brings a set of ideas to the table that are the unique result of their own upbringing, race, gender, socio-economic circumstance, and experiences.  This is why book clubs succeed; why film discussions are so fulfilling, why Bible studies can be particularly lively.  No two people understand this world in quite the same way.  

Which brings us back to that picture above.   As I read through the Gospels I'm amazed at how much conflict Jesus created with his teaching.  

Jesus taught that we should view people as equals, not as insiders and outsiders.


Jesus healed the sick, feed the hungry, and forgave the unforgivable.  

Jesus saw the world as a place where God's kingdom was breaking in, and he saw himself as a part of making that happen.

In other words, Jesus was teaching people to view the world through a completely different lens.


My question for us all to consider this month is this: What if our church was filled with people who learned to view the world through the lens of the Last Supper?  What if we viewed the world as a place filled with Jesus' forgiveness and grace? 


I bet their would be a lot less complaining... and a lot less worrying... and a lot more understanding... and a great deal more joy...


So, this month, I challenge you to view the world through the lens of the Last Supper.   Challenge yourself to notice Christ's presence all around you; Christ's forgiveness all around you; and invite for others to come to this table and to see the world through this lens. 


Upcoming Events


Mother's Day Tea: Saturday, May 9th, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Come join us for a Mother's Day Tea in Atonement Hall. The event will feature a viewing of the film, "Mom's Night Out," which reflects on how being a mom is the best job in the world! 


Rev. John Buerk at Parkside: Sunday, May 10th

Rev. John Buerk, the pastor Emeritus at Parkside Lutheran Church will be our guest preacher on Sunday May 10th. 


City Cluster Ascension Day Service: Thursday, May 14th, Dinner at 6:00pm, Worship at 7:00pm

The City Cluster of Lutheran churches will hold their third annual Ascension Day Worship Service.  We will gather for dinner at 6pm and will listen to a short recital from students in the Joyful Noise after school music program.  After dinner we will join together for worship.  


After Church Bible Study: Sunday, May 31st, after Worship

Let's gather together to dive deeper into to scripture, and see where God's promises show up in our lives.  


Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ: Sunday, June 7th, 11:00am to 3:00pm

Members of the church council will be selling advanced tickets, $10 per meal.


Resurrection Project


This year's Easter season collection project is personal hygiene kits. Together with the Buffalo City Cluster we will collect toiletries that will be packaged into personal hygiene kits. These kits will then be distributed to the homeless, right here in Buffalo, by the Buffalo BurritoProject.

Items to donate include: 

Shampoo (travel size), bar soap, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, men's deodorant, travel size lotion, travel size Kleenex. Please, no razors or mouthwash. 

We will announce the date of the packing event soon!


Did you know you can access our full calendar?

Go to and click on "Calendar" at the top.

If you would like to be a part of Parkside's worship leadership, talk with Pastor Nate!

Want to be an acolyte, a choir member, or serve as a lay reader? Just chat Pastor Nate up after worship.


Parkside Lutheran Church


2 Wallace Avenue, Buffalo, NY