Dear friend in Christ,

You'll see in the news items below that because we can't hold our annual Gratitude Day in August due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are holding a virtual Gratitude Week. As part of the week, we want to pray especially for your intentions, so if you have any prayer requests you'd like included, please send them to me at krose@csbsju.edu.

We chose "Gratitude Transforms Fear" for our Gratitude Week theme, and I can highly recommend it as an approach to life at this time. The virus continues to be a source of anxiety, and we are faced with accepting and dealing with the systemic racism that affects society; life feels threatening and out of control. Yet, as we thought of the many ways in which we are grateful for you, for creation and the many good people and events which touch our lives, our spirits definitely lightened. Thank you for being sources of gratitude and thus transforming fear.

Gratefully,