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Notes from the Pastors

February 11, 2018

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Yesterday we found ourselves handing out food, personal hygiene items, gloves, and hats to those less fortunate than we are. Christ says, in Matthew 25: 35-40: "For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. I needed clothes, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you looked after me. I was in prison, and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" Brother Stone, who is the founder of Christ Care Ministries, is responsible for caring enough to include our church and our community in his ministry, and we hope that we can continue with this non-profit organization and be able to distribute food over the coming year.

Pastor Tom continues to recuperate, taking time off to rest up and feel better. Thank you for your prayers. Pastors Tom and Gayle will be off from February 19th to March 2nd for vacation to St. Simons, Georgia. Eric Schonblom has agreed to serve as pulpit supply on the Sunday we will be gone, February 25th.

The Deacons were unable to meet with the Session at our January meeting, but will meet in March. Your pastors again thank our Elders and Deacons for all that they do, and to those in the congregation who help them in carrying out their ministries. It takes a "team effort" to continue our mission and ministry in our community, and we are grateful for all of you. Let us continue to look to the future with full hearts, not sauntering down from the mountaintop, but running down to continue digging in and serving the Lord in this community. Hospitality is your key word. It's what you do so very well! Let us continue to be that welcoming, hospitable church for Christ in 2018.

Respectfully submitted,    

Tom & Gayle