Thanks to Val Gibson for playing the piano yesterday afternoon, and singers Jordan Thomas, Jie Wu, and Mark Richardson. We were able to record hymns for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. If you want to listen to those hymns (and even sing along at home) you can access them on my personal website if you
Oscar Brown is in the hospital in intensive care.
Susan Bales is also at Sara Bush Hospital.
This Sunday we will welcome two more churches to our weekly video service: Midland United Methodist in Kincaid, Illinois and Divernon Presbyterian Church. These two small churches are being served by my brother, Steve. We are already including Jie's two churches: Sidell and Chrisman United Methodist Churches.
The sermon this Sunday (Palm Sunday) will be preached by Jie. We also have a cameo appearance by Tammy Young with a special childrens' message.
Jerie Brown was on a mission yesterday to find 1/4" elastic for her 92 year old neighbor. It connected her with several church members, and success was finally achieved when she got the sewing notions from Ann Livesay.
Jerie would like prayer as they are working to sell her father's home. They have an interested buyer and need to get some bids back from some contractors, but are hopeful. This is a really tough time to be selling a house! She also expresses appreciation for our church family and all the extra work people are doing to help keep us connected. And she asks us to pray for Susan Bales (hospital) and all those in assisted living and in our church family.
Sue Warren is making isolation gowns for the Hilltop Nursing Home. She is able to make 2 a day, taking up four yards of fabric, and has gone through her stash. If anyone has fabric or a flat sheet they could contribute, she asks that you put it in a plastic bag at her back door, with your name. (If you need Sue's address, contact me by email, as we do not print addresses or phone numbers over the internet, due to security.)
Sue was amused at Linda Hance finding her bundt pan, and imagined a cake in it, after all this time, now probably best used for a garden stepping stone. We'll see what Linda has to say about that.
Phyllis Dickinson continues to share prayer requests with her Wednesday morning prayer group, and now with all of us. Today was Ron's mother's birthday. And even though she passed away several years ago, Phyllis and Ron enjoyed remembering her and talking about her on their walk today.
Phyllis also shares this quote from a book her Choices Class is studying (
How Happiness Happens, by Max Lucado":
"You think the world needs more tolerance? Then be tolerant. You wish people would quit complaining? When you quit, the world is minus one whiner. Nobody gives a hoot about the poor? The hoot level will increase with your compassion. If you want to change the world, begin with yourself."