Pastor Connection
October 8, 2020
A Note From Pastor Amy
Each of us draws inspiration and encouragement from different sources - a good book, a thought provoking devotion, an interesting poem. I am very fortunate to have colleagues in ministry who regularly inspire and encourage me every week.

This week, I'd like to share one of those encouraging words from Rev. Dave Kivett, one of the pastors at Cedar Heights Presbyterian Church. I plan to share more thoughts from other colleagues in the future. Thanks, Dave, for sharing.

Peace, Pastor Amy


I’ve noticed that in times of sorrow and struggle, familiar words or phrases come to mind and give us strength. They may be words of scripture like the 23rd Psalm. They may be prayers we learned like the Serenity Prayer. They may be and often are words from a favorite hymn or song. The first such phrase to set up space in my heart and head as we face the very real concerns caused by the spread of the coronavirus was a line from the hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory.” 

God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power;
crown the ancient church's story; bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of thls hour, for the facing of thls hour.

It’s that last line that keeps stirring my soul – “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage.” That same turn of phrase, that petition asking for wisdom and courage, will be used in each of the five verses of the hymn. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage ..,
for the living of these days, for the living of these days.
          lest we miss thy kingdom's goal, lest we miss thy kingdom's goal.
that we fail not them nor thee, that we fail not them nor thee!
serving thee whom we adore, serving thee whom we adore.

That petition for wisdom and courage is a prayer I pray for all our leaders – local, national and global. It is prayer I pray for all of us, for you and for me.

Grace, gratitude and peace,

Sunday Supper Resumes
We have exciting news! After several months of suspending meals, Sunday Supper has begun to serve meals again on Sunday evenings from 5:00 -5:30 p.m. Clients will be given a hot, packed meal to-go delivered curbside. If you are interested in volunteering in this ministry, please contact Pastor Amy or Kari Narey. Masks and gloves will be required of all volunteers and social distancing protocols will be followed. Volunteers are asked to work from 4:30 until things are cleaned up (probably around 6:00). We hope you consider helping as you are able. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.
Prayer Services in the Sanctuary (note a correction in times)
Our church will be offering times for prayer in the sanctuary starting NEXT WEEK, the week of October 6. Participants are invited to come for

Prayer Services

Tuesday evenings from 6:00-6:30 P.M.
Thursday mornings 10:00–10:30 a.m.

While this time will look different than a Sunday worship service, it will serve as an opportunity for people to spend 30 minutes in the quiet calm of our beautiful sanctuary. Pastor Amy will open the time with a corporate prayer, then individuals will have the opportunity to pray on their own. Prayer tools will be made available to focus people hearts and minds. Then, Pastor Amy will close the 30 minutes with another corporate prayer.

If you wish to participate, we ask that you RSVP on the Monday before the desired service by calling the church office. We are limiting these services to 8 people, first come first serve. If available space is filled, then you can be scheduled for the next time.

We hope that these prayer services offer a time of reflection and connection with God.
Spiritual Practices for the Week
Washington National Cathedral is posting daily prayers at as follows: October 6-10 for Healing, October 11-15 for Courage, October 16-20 for Compassion, October 21-15 for Hope.

What Does It Mean to Say that God is Gracious? The Bible Project has produced a new video “The Character of God: Grace.”  See it here:
Office Hours
Remember that our church office hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 - 2:00. Pastor Amy and Pat will be covering the office duties as they are able until a new office manager is hired. Please call before coming to ensure someone is in the building.
Zoom Bible Study
We will meet again this Tuesday at 9:00 via zoom to discuss the upcoming sermon text. Pastor Amy will be following the Revised Common Lectionary until Advent.
Online Giving Available
Thank you to all those who are continuing to faithfully give their pledges and offerings to the church. In an attempt to make giving easier during this time, we have initiated online giving to our church through the Presbyterian Foundation. Click on the button below to set up on account for continual giving. You may also give a one time gift. You may also continue to mail checks to the church. Please call Kelley if you have questions.

We are still engaging in meaningful ministry and your offerings make that ministry possible. Thank you for your generosity and please continue to give as you can.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers
Updates and New to the List:
Heather Dew's Uncle Richard is having heart surgery this week

Jan and Dan Bellinger's family is dealing with several health concerns. Nissa, their granddaughter, has surgery for a tumor on Thursday. Lori, their daughter-in-law, has thyroid surgery for cancer on Friday. Suzanne, another daughter-in-law goes to see a specialist for thyroid surgery on Nov. 4. Jan has knee replacement surgery next Tuesday.

For specific individuals:
Ralph Beaver as he continues to recover from a stay in the hospital; Jim Clarke dealing with cancer; Gary Lee dealing with walking and balance issues; Marilyn Lottich dealing with health issues but recovering at home; Mary K Williams is at home and recovering well; Richard Platt at he recovers from surgery at home; Tim and Kyle, Anne Sage's son and grandson, who experienced damage to their farm due to storms; Barbara Benskin's daughter, Rochelle, and her husband have been diagnosed with Covid and they are concerned about underlying health issues; Steve Miller, home; Gerald Buls, who has been diagnosed with lymph node cancer; prayers of safety for Lorraine Baker's nephew and Barbara Benksin's son, who are both truckers; Kason (Connie Leeper's daughter-in-law's nephew, recovering from a car accident; Bob Cutsforth, who is undergoing cancer treatment; The Platts' friends in Venezuela who are struggling with food and other resources; Joe Fernau (Marie's son), who finished treatments for lymphoma; Sarah (granddaughter of Evelyn and Carl Boice) who is an RN at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester MN, and her husband, Dylan, who is an essential non-medical worker at Mayo; Megan and Emma Schellhorn as they work at Fareway; Jan and Dean Bellinger's daughters and granddaughters who are serving in hospitals and nursing care facilities; for Alexa (granddaughter of Janis Shea) who works in an essential business credit union and is subjected to the virus; Courtney Pilcher who works in health care services; Neva Kerr, NewAldaya (Hospice); Crystal Lorenze, recovering from back surgery; Paul Holtz, Hospice Care

Broader prayer concerns from the congregation:
All those affected by wildfires
All those affected by storms and hurricanes
that justice and lasting peace will come to our nation
leaders in all areas who are making decisions for people's well-being
all those living and working in nursing homes, assisted living, and retirement communities
workers at Tyson's
that all will stay well
all doctors, nurses, and health care providers along with their families
all those who are essential workers
those who are strictly quarantined for a variety of reasons

Add to the Prayer List
Click HERE to submit a prayer request online. Our pastors will be praying for you and sharing concerns with the congregation as requested.
Happy Birthday!
10 Emmalea Steere
11 Bob Cutsforth
13 Jerry Anders, Murtis Smith
14 Robert Dew

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