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   Message From Pastor Kathy       18 March 2020
Grace and peace to you my brothers and sisters in Christ!  I pray this finds you both spiritually and physically well. 
    We are in incertain times in our nation and in our world. We do not yet fully understand the virus that is spreading rapidly all over our world. From state to state and town by town serious restrictions are being placed on our ability to gather together to worship, eat, shop, work, learn, and play. 
     Yet, when times are the most trying we often find in ourselves and others a huge capacity for sacrifice, care and concern, mutual support and hope. Paul from his prison cell, gives this directive to the Philippians in chapter 4:6f
  "Do not worry about anything, but  in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,  will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
     Paul does not say the people will be without struggle, but, says Paul,  in the midst of struggle, when we turn to God we will find a kind of peace that we cannot even explain. 
We must be in prayer for one another. We must give thanks for all the tender mercies God floods our lives with every day.
     As part of a community of faith wr are blessed. We find hope in and with one another, secure in the knowledge that we are being prayed for, lifted up, and that we will be supported by one another in everyway humanly possible. We are not alone. We are in this together. Even when we are social distancing at home, we are not alone. We are part of a community of faith, bound together as one in the body of Christ, the one body represented in the one loaf we break during the liturgy of the Holy Communion. We are one. 
     As such, I encourage you to call one another, text one another, message one another, video chat with one another, pray with one another. Be aware of those among us who may be at high risk and be sure you stay connected to one another. If someone falls ill, please message me at 2173412181 or at so we can send out requests for prayer. 
     Join us by conference call for bible study on Wednesdays at 10:30am or 7pm, devotions on Tues, Thurs, and Saturdays at 8am or 8pm, worship on Sundays (10am). We have set this up in such a way that internet access is not required as it is for live streaming. If you know someone who is seeking community during this time without access to internet, let them know they can call in to the conference call even from a land line. To connect with is in this way:
     Dial the conference phone number (712-432-3900) using any phone. When prompted, enter your access code 863075 followed by the # key. The conference will begin in Conversation Mode (all participants will be able to talk).  This worked well for morning bible study today! 
    If you are yearning to be out and about, take a look at this can visit the Sistine Chapel or see the wonders of God in nature at Yellowstone, or several other places from the social distance of your home. 

The Washington Post: Top Stories | 12 historic sites you can virtually tour from your couch during the coronavirus pandemic

 I will continue to be in communication with you via social media and through email and texts. If you want to pray with you individually about a confidential matter, please let me know and give me a time that I can call which will work for you. 
     I will continue to be in prayer for each of you, our community, our state, our nation, and our world. Our strategic planning coach signs all his correspondence "Be of good courage" and that seems more appropriate now than ever before and so I echo his words. Be of good courage. 
      You are not alone. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. 
      May the Lord bless and keep you all this day and in all the days to come. 
     Pastor Kathy