Pastor Connection
June 18th, 2020
A Note From Pastor Amy
This week holds several special days that we can commemorate and hold in prayer - Juneteenth, the anniversary of the killing of nine worshippers engaged in Bible Study at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, and a day calling for National Moral Revival. As we strive for a more just world and pray for peace and reconciliation, may the words of Maya Angelou serve as a reminder and inspiration to keep singing of freedom.

Peace be with you,
Pastor Amy

Caged Bird

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind   
and floats downstream   
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and   
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings   
with a fearful trill   
of things unknown   
but longed for still   
and his tune is heard   
on the distant hill   
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams   
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream   
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied   
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings   
with a fearful trill   
of things unknown   
but longed for still   
and his tune is heard   
on the distant hill   
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom.
Observances This Week to Recall and Hold in Prayer
Wednesday, June 17 marks the 5 th  anniversary of the killing of nine worshippers engaged in Bible Study at Mother Emanual African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Pray for the families who lost loved ones, the church and the community that healing may continue.

Friday, June 19, known as Nineteenth Day or Juneteenth, marks the emancipation and end of slavery for African Americans in 1865, nearly 2 ½ years later than the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on Janurary 1, 1863. Juneteenth is celebrated as a national holiday by African Americans. The NAACP of Blackhawk County has conducted a virtual celebration this year due to COVID-19. Its website  has a series of recorded programs including an official proclamation of “Freedom Week” by Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart and Cedar Falls Mayor Robert Green. Pray that justice may no longer be denied or delayed.
Saturday, June 20 “A National Call for Moral Revival: The Mass Poor Peoples Assembly and Moral March in Washington, D.C.: a Digital Justice Gathering.”   The Poor People’s Campaign is a movement to end interlocking injustices, including systemic race, poverty, and ecological devastation. A 2.5 hour program will be broadcast Saturday, June 20 at 10am EST and 6:00 pm EST and again on Sunday, June 21 at 6pm EST. See .  The Rev William Barber II is the leader of the group with over 200 churches and organizations, including The Presbyterian Church USA, listed as Mobilizing Partners. Pray for all those areas where injustice still exists and to be led to engage in effecting change.
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

We are making a few changes to our regular Zoom Coffee Hour.  Starting next Tuesday, we will be engaging in a deeper Bible Study.  The 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, June 23, 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:

Esther Cutforth, Bob Cutsforth's mother, who has been as Hospice House for the past several days.
Gerald Buls, who just received a diagnosis of cancer of the lymph nodes.

For specific individuals:
Donna Beaver is recovering from surgery for carpal tunnel on her other hand; 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; Steve Miller, Iowa City; Bob Cutsforth, who began treatment for cancer this week; 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.

Happy Birthday!
19 Jenny Bass, Mark Fairbanks, Paul Mead,
Kim Reisinger, Colette Shull 
21 Lorraine Baker
25 Olive Whyte
26 Barbara Young
28 Kevynne Wimberley
30 Theresa Braby

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