Pastor Andy wrote us some special letters in the last two “Reach” newsletters. As he clarified, our pastors visit people in the hospital. I head up our Care Team; we try to help one another feel God’s love through difficult times. The team meets every two months for an hour.
Do you learn best by experiencing, reading or listening? Our church provides all three! EXPERIENCE When you come here, you both experience and help others feel God’s presence. READ Linda Monks maintains a Book Table ministry- you can purchase items at the Family Life Center entrance, plus children’s items are
Some live in the “Land of Pain”, whether physical or emotional (including grief). They cope as best they can with the tools they are given- prayers, help from people (family, friends, professionals), and/or medications… One of my prayers is that our church family steps up to help. If you have
Our church prints a weekly Prayer Bulletin. Many pray for those listed, whether or not they know much about exactly why the prayers are requested. Our church member Larry Jones works with Stacie Bushong and asked us to list Stacie and her husband Greg on the bulletin. Stacie sent a
The Gift of Voice ministry in Edwardsville held a Pastor Resource Day this week. I attended and learned a lot about mental health resources. Did you know that the Illinois Warm Line provides free proactive wellness support to anyone in IL, 8 am- 5 pm M-F? (866-359-7953) We were united
On Easter Sunday everyone who came to church was offered a little packet of sunflower seeds. The seeds are resurrection symbols: they look small and dead but when planted will grow into 9-12 foot plants with blooms up to 1 foot across. Pastor Dennis chose the verse from John (12:24)
One of my favorite Bible passages is Matthew 25:35, “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.” A friend of mine followed Matthew’s words but would have read:
I often remind myself that “things work both ways”- When I took karate lessons with my kids 20 years ago, it was difficult for me to learn to kick/punch left-handed as well as right-handed. I try to remember that to have a good friend I must be a good friend.
The Cambridge English dictionary defines serendipity as “The fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance.” Learning interesting and valuable things is something I love about being Director of Lay Ministry at our church, but I’m not finding them by chance. God sends information in a lot of ways-
On New Year’s Day I began choosing a blessing to write on a small slip of paper daily. All the little slips of paper are collected in a big glass jar in my office. This discipline helps me to look for the good God sends instead of feeling overwhelmed about