Next week is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Next to Christmas and Easter, the observance of a day that celebrates “all things bring and beautiful; all creatures great and small” is perhaps my most favorite holy day (though not considered a holiday per se). It is, never the less, a time for us to consider all that is of and made from the essence of our Creator God. And it all begins with a sense of awe and wonder. I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say, please take notice. You may be sheltering at home but beyond your four walls there lies a magnificence and a brilliance that is nothing short of perfection. So, practice social distancing by getting outside and immersing yourself in nature. Take time to breathe it in and bask in its glory. And renew your commitment to take care. As custodians of Creation, it is our “grounding” duty, and there is no better time than the present, to engage in some new rituals and practices of earth care. Our fragile planet is counting on us. My sermon on Sunday will be devoted to this theme.
- FYI: The operating council approved moving forward with one of several building projects. Therefore, next week (4 20-25), taking advantage of an empty building, a professional painting contractor will be painting the church sanctuary, parlor, adjacent hallway, chapel and kitchenette. So, when we resume worship later this spring (God Willing), we can anticipate a fresh look in our worship area!! Monies from our major repair fund will upfront the expense with the hope down the road that our 2020 Vision plan will help pay it back.
- We are praying daily for all of you. We are still the church together. Keep in touch!
- Please answer your phones! Especially if your call ID says 262-945-8475. During this time apart, Pastor Bob is attempting to reach as many of you by phone as he can in order to stay connected. And, we now have a team of volunteers who are providing additional “check in call with members.
- Please notify Pastor Bob if you have prayer requests. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or text or call him (945-8475). Please do so by Fridays in order to have prayer requests included in the recorded worship service. FYI: Pastor Bob is currently unable to access his church voice mail remotely so please use his cell number to reach him or leave a message.
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