November 2020 Newsletter
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October 29, 2020
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”- John 15:12
That’s Jesus, speaking on the night he was about to be betrayed and handed over to be crucified. Notice that he doesn’t say, “This is my suggestion,” or “This is my request,” or even, “This is my encouragement.” What he says is, “This is my commandment.” As in, “If you don’t, if you break the commandment, you’re guilty of sinning.”
Notice also that he doesn’t he doesn’t say, “Love one another….as long as they agree with you,” or “Love one another…unless their view on COVID restrictions and protocols is more or less strict than you think they should be.” He doesn’t provide any qualifiers. He doesn’t list any exceptions. He simply says, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Yes, of course there may be times you have to recognize and address sinful behaviors. But you still love your brother. Yes, there may be times they do or say things that you can’t believe and cannot agree with. But you still love your neighbor. Yes, there may be times that attitudes and behaviors may be antagonistic and hurtful toward you. But you still love your enemy.
You treat them with care and respect, even in disagreement. You are eager and quick to forgive. Because that’s what Jesus did and does for you. He showed his love in giving up his life while you were still his enemy. He paid your debts even while your words and actions were full of carelessness, disrespect, and outright rejection. As he has loved you, he commands you to love others. As he has loved us, he commands us to love one another.
I know that everything going on in the world has put love on short supply. Emotions are high, nerves are frayed, and everyone is frustrated. For so many in the world, they don’t know any other way because they don’t know Christ. But we, as baptized children of God...we do. We have been marked and named as those who are redeemed and lifted up out of the muck and mire of the world, set apart to live lives that reflect not the prince of this world, but the Lord and Savior of all creation.
Beyond the election and whatever results from that, we are entering into the time of year where gatherings and traditions we hold dear look likely to be upended and different than what we’re used to and how we want them to be. It’s going to be incredibly tempting and easy, even within the church, to grumble and complain and become embittered about things and toward people. I invite you, I beseech you, to keep Jesus’ words in mind. Strive to keep his command. Love the Lord. Love one another. Do not be consumed by resentment and frustration, but find peace in the grace of God. Be quick to apologize, and quicker to forgive. Do not let Satan succeed in sowing division and strife, but let the love and mercy of Jesus flow among us as we walk together in love.
Here's the link to sign up for services. All of the November services are there, so if you are signing up for more than one at a time, please double check your dates and the number of people you are signing up.
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NEEDING OUR CONTINUING PRAYER
Leila Carlson [Fred Rhoda’s sister, hospitalized with Covid 19]
Terry Colston [nephew of Fred Rhoda]
Barbara Lambert [mother of principal at PCJH]
Donna Leonard [friend of Roger & Pat Wahls]
Trent Nelson [Natashia Nelson’s father-in-law]
Carla Nobis [at Good Samaritan Home]
Dr.Jim May [cousin of Pat Wahls]
Thom Palmer [high school friend of Pat Wahls]
Gerald Schuler [had eye surgery]
Rick Trachsel [cousin of Roger Seeman]
[grade school student at St. Mary’s,
Please notify Joy if anyone could be removed from the Prayer List.
With the Annual Voters’ Meeting coming up, two new Elders are needed, anyone interested please talk to a current Elder or Pastor.
ue to Covid concerns this year, we will be unable to have an "in person" Annual Meeting. Therefore, you will be receiving a packet containing:
Please feel free to contact appropriate officers and/or Council members with any questions you may have.
You will have 2 weeks to review these materials, and completed ballots should be returned to the church in person or by mail within two weeks.
Complete instructions will be included.
The Church Council sincerely appreciates your cooperation.
Tom Norris, Chairman St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chenoa
From our Parish Nurse Pam Norris
The following is needed by the food pantry: canned veggies, canned soups, canned meats, canned pasta, canned fruit, juices, peanut better/jelly, side dishes/mac & cheese/potato dishes, toilet paper, baby formula/diapers (size 1,2), men’s and women’s’ toiletries, tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, women’s hygiene products, dish soap, laundry soap, bleach. Food pantry is still in need of any items you can contribute. Even if 1 tube of toothpaste from the $1 section from Dollar General would be much appreciated.
Will also take home baked items.
We once again will be collecting fleece for the blanket ministry for the food pantry patrons. Swatches of the material that needs to be matched will be out on a table. Please bring the swatch with the purchased fleece to church and leave at the food pantry collection container. If you are not able to get the fleece to church, please call/text Pam Norris (309-532-4872) & she’ll make arrangements to pick up.
If you want to purchase your own fleece, coordinating pieces, that’s fine too.
If want to make a monetary donation, please direct to Pam Norris. If you prefer to mail your monetary donation: 26317 N 2850 East Road, Chenoa, IL 61726.
Also amount of fleece preferred 1.5 yards.
Contact Pam if any questions.
Bake-less Bake Sale—It is time once again for the Ladies of the Church’ Bake-less Bake Sale. The Ladies sponsor a seminary student throughout the year by sending monthly checks. Our adopted seminary student is Cindy Meister’s nephew, Gunnar Campbell. The Ladies also provide meals for the families at a funeral and send monies for the community Thanksgiving baskets. You can place your donation in the Sunday offering marked—Ladies or give it to Judy Bertsche or mail it to Judy Bertsche, 27651 East 2700 North Road, Chenoa IL 61726.
Chenoa Women’s Club is again putting together Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy in our community. They are in need of stuffing mix, canned fruits, canned vegetables, fruit cups and pudding cups, tuna, canned pasta and cereal. The Thanksgiving food baskets will be assembled on Friday, November 20 and they would appreciate donations before that date. Monetary donations may be made out to Chenoa Women’s Club and mailed to Chenoa Women’s Club, P.O. Box 103, Chenoa IL 61726. The family pick-up date for the baskets will bel Sunday, November 22. There is a box in the narthex for contributions of canned and boxed non-perishables. Thank you for your help.
Christmas in Appalachia: Servants of our LORD, a small Lexington-based Appalachian ministry, continues to do big things to help provide food to 37 food pantries throughout Eastern Kentucky. In many instances, we are delivering to the only food pantry serving residents in that county, and 9 of them are in the top 30 impoverished counties in the US. Every month we partner with Midwest Food Bank to serve these pantries who in turn served 200,000+ people last year. At Christmas, though, we are on our own to coordinate the collection and distribution of coats, toys, hygiene products, etc. to the children & teens served by 20 of these food pantries which have a Christian-based Christmas program to distribute what we take down. We will be taking new coats, toys, hats & gloves, blankets & throws as well as hygiene products (per teen request) for them to distribute. If anyone would like to contribute items or send a donation for us to shop for you, please send to Servants of Our LORD, Box 224, Lexington 61753 or contact Diana Frerichs. If you have an Action Team card that you may want to use for this outreach, please contact Diana at 309-275-3727 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she can provide the information needed to complete the request. Donations are needed by November 10 to allow time to shop and pack. Thank you! Diana Frerichs (servantsofourLORDministry.com or Facebook.com/servantsofourLORD) Psalms 107:8-9