Pastor Connection
July 2, 2020
A Message From Pastor Amy
Watch this message from Pastor Amy about
THIS COMING SUNDAY'S worship service.
(She say's next Sunday, but it is about THIS Sunday, July 5th)
Plan for In-Person Worship and Opening the Building
Hopefully, you already read the letter from Pastor Amy regarding our church's phased plan for in-person worship and reopening the building to the public. You may still read the plan HERE . Our first in-person worship outside will be  July 5 at 9:00 . Please bring your lawn chairs for a time of worship together on the lawn. We understand if there are those who are still unable to gather in-person. Everyone has unique needs, health concerns, abilities, and desires. Online worship will continue to be available during this time.
Personal Care Item Drive for the Food Bank
Our church is participating in the Northeast Iowa Food Bank's Personal Care Item Drive! July 1 through August 12 . During this event, local churches, organizations, and businesses will be collecting personal care items, such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, and diapers. 

An estimated 43,430 northeast Iowans struggle with food insecurity. Many of them also struggle to provide personal care items for their families, and government food assistance programs such as SNAP do not provide assistance for purchasing personal care items. No access to personal care items leads to poor hygiene, health issues among both adults and children, and damage to a family’s well-being. Donated items will be distributed among over 200 local food pantries, soup kitchens, and other nonprofit agencies in 16 northeast Iowa counties.

If you would like to participate, please bring your items to the church Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 and 2:00. There will be a collection box in the entry of the church. Kelley will be in the office to let you drop off the items.

Thank you for your generosity and participation!
Spiritual Resources for This Week
I've been thinking about happiness--how wrong it is ever to expect it to last or there to be a time of happiness. It's not that, it's a moment of happiness. Almost every day containing at least one moment of happiness.” — by May Sarton in  Endgame: A Journal of the Seventy-ninth Year  
Reflect: What brings happiness to your life?
In a small notebook, keep a list of moments of happiness you experience each day for a week. At the end of the week review them, give thanks to God and share with them with a friend or family member – encouraging them to engage in a similar practice.

Need a lift? Miss singing?  Tune in here to listen to the Podd Brothers Virtual Orchestra and Choir made up of members from three Brooklyn, New York, churches, including First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn.  “How Can I Keep from Singing?”  Several other beautiful numbers follow. The lyrics are at the bottom of the screen if you want to sing along! It has been said that “to sing is to pray twice.”
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“What Must White People Do to Resist Racism?” is the title of a reflection by Ruth Johnston based on Matthew 19:16-22.   Johnston works as a chaplain and grief counselor. Read the scripture text and the article
What resonates with you in the reflection?  How would you answer the question? What does it mean for your life?
New Sermon Series
Unraveled, Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart
Preaching Schedule
June 14  JEREMIAH 29:1-7   || Plant Gardens & Build Houses 
June 21  2 SAMUEL 3:7; 21:1-14   ||  Rizpah Mourns Her Sons
June 28  LUKE 19:1-10   ||  Zacchaeus the Wealthy Tax Collector
July 5  EXODUS 5:1-2; 7:8-23   ||  Pharaoh Hardens His Heart
July 12  MATTHEW 14:22-33   ||  Peter Sinks in the Water
July 19  ACTS 9:1-20   ||  The Conversion of Saul to Paul  
July 26  GENESIS 18:1-15; 21:1-7   ||  Sarah Laughs  
Aug 2  JOHN 4:1-29   ||  The Samaritan Woman at the Well 
Aug 9  EXODUS 1:22, 2:1-10   ||  Moses’ Mother Gives Moses Up
Aug 16  MARK 5:1-20   ||  Jesus Heals Legion, a Man Possessed by Demons 
Aug 23  JOB 28:12-28   ||  Job’s Lament and Loss
Aug 30  JOHN 20:19-29   ||  Doubting Thomas
Zoom Bible Study

This group will study the upcoming sermon text together to prepare for worship, share our own insights, and gain a better understanding of Scripture. This is open to ALL church members.  Be sure to grab your Bible and join us!

Our next coffee hour will be Tuesday, July 6, at 9:00 a.m. Click this link to join.
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
New to the prayer list and updates:
Mary K is in the hospital due to low blood count. However, she has improved since being in the hospital.

For specific individuals:
Steve Miller, beginning physical therapy; Gerald Buls, who has been diagnosed with lymph node cancer; Jo Beaver is recovering from knee surgery, 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; Rev. Gary Catterson, recovering from surgery at home; Bob Cutsforth, who is undergoing cancer treatment; The Platts' friends in Venezuela who are struggling with food and other resources; Karen Dew's cousins, Sherry and Holly, who have been affected by COVID-19, Joe Fernau (Marie's son), who started 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; Don Broadston, home; Pat Stanhope, Friendship Village; Shirley Sorensen, Friendship Village; Neva Kerr, NewAldaya (Hospice); Crystal Lorenze, recovering from back surgery; Paul Holtz, Hospice Care; Mary Davis, Ravenwood

Broader prayer concerns from the congregation:
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.
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