My hope to open the church for Pentecost could not be realized. The Florida-Bahamas Synod, to which we belong, has given its recommendation that we wait until phase 3 of the states re-opening schedule until we can have face to face worship services. This means at least 3-4 more weeks of waiting.
On the other hand, Christ’s congregation, his body, which St. Andrew’s is firmly joined together with, has not at any point closed its doors. God’s work has not stopped. For us, this has meant worship services and prayer moments over the web. conversation and prayer over the telephone, via email, postal mail, or through social media. The church office has also been open and kept normal business hours. I hope that we all have abundant patience, as this separation from love and closeness is justified because of health and safety reasons.

I would like to thank everyone who has participated in our online activities and functions. For us employees, as well as the volunteers, being part of this process has been very important, and it builds and motivates that sense and feeling of belonging. I am very thankful for the countless volunteers who have been with us making these services and prayer moments. In this newsletter you can read the thoughts of one loved and hard working helper, Kristen Karvonen, on volunteering and what being part of the congregation means to her.

In the church calendar, we are moving towards the time of Pentecost. I feel as if our congregation is living in a sense a new Pentecost. The winds of change are blowing and we must boldly ask the Holy Spirit to guide our every thought and action. We know we are on the right path when we forever keep in mind Jesus’ commandment to love one another. We must remember that God will never command us to do something, which he himself has not prepared us for.

Let us pray using Paul’s word’s:  that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.    We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you.
(2 Thes. 1:11-12)

Many Blessings on your path!

Pastor Mia