Good News for Thursday, March 26th.
Our quilting group has been asked by the hospital to produce masks to help protect people during the pandemic. I am so excited to know that our members are becoming part of the solution even while staying at home! If you want to help with the masks, get in touch with me- my contact information is included below.
I was reminded of this earlier today…
Although we are all going through this pandemic together, we are all experiencing it very differently. Some are all alone at home. Others have a fuller house than usual. Some aren’t going out except for essential functions. Others don’t have that luxury and are forced to work. Please extend extra grace to each other right now, and remember that your experience may be very different from that of your neighbor. Know that I’m praying for each of you as we walk through this time together (from a safe distance).
I have asked our staff to stay home and do everything they can from home. This means that the answering machine at church is only going to be checked once or twice a week. In the meantime, if you have a pressing need, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my cell phone.
I have been calling to check on many people in the congregation, and you all are very resilient. As the days drag on, I want you to know that I’m still available to talk. If you need someone to talk to, or just want to see a friendly face, email me and give you a call or, even better, we can set up a time to talk and even see each other via Zoom.
As a final note- this will be the last of the planned “Daily Devotions.” We still want to be in communication with you, so we’re not stopping entirely… just scaling back. I’ll send out a note on Saturday, and then going forward you can expect an email from us 3 times a week. Like I said before you are welcome to email, call, or text me if you have any questions, ideas, or needs. And if you’ve been working on a devotional to share with the congregation you can send it to me at any time.
Stay safe, stay well, and show grace to your neighbors.
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher
Full Gospel Project
This week’s reading is John 18.
Today I encourage you to use our Full Gospel Project reading as your devotional. It’s the 18th chapter of John. As you read, hear the stories in a new way.
I’ll leave you with one thing to think about before the sermon on Sunday.Jesus is asked a particular question not once, but twice in verses 4-8. What do you make of this? Why was this question and Jesus answer so significant that it was recorded in the Gospel (because we don’t have Jesus’ every word recorded in John).
I’m looking forward to sharing with you about John 18 on Sunday. Join me at 9:30am on our church’s Facebook, and invite a friend too!
-Pastor Andy Blacksher