September 2020 Newsletter
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September 1, 2020
The last couple days I’ve been thinking about the events of the last few months. It’s not the first time it’s happened, but I found myself wondering what to write here this month, if anything at all. After all, the situation in our country means stuff here at church continues to go on the way it has the last couple months. We’re all tired of talking about and hearing about how COVID is affecting the things we’d like to be and otherwise would be doing. Protests, riots, hurricanes…we all know it’s a mess out there. What else is there to say? But I saw something said by another pastor friend, and it got me thinking. For as much as in some ways it feels like nothing has changed over the last 5 months, change is all over the place.
People of all walks of life are demanding change to society. They want cultural change. They want structural change. They want political change. They want social change. They want policy change. Democrats want one thing, Republicans want another. Professional athletes want change. Teachers, pastors, business owners, employees…everybody wants change.
But here’s the truth. Change in society and culture for the better is found in only one person. And that person isn’t a mayor, a governor, or even a president. It certainly isn’t found in an actor or an athlete. It isn’t found in an epidemiologist or a Supreme Court justice. The only one who can provide true and lasting change is our Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christ's work on the cross and the empty tomb is what brings true and lasting change.
No, that isn’t the change the world is looking for. It may not be the change we’re looking for. It wasn’t the change the Jews of Jesus’ day or even His own disciples were looking for, either. But it is the change that He came to bring. And it is the change that changes everything. It is our source of hope, our ultimate joy, and God’s ultimate gift.
Dear Church, it's time to rise and bring this news to our communities. We are in gray and latter days, and we need to bring Good News to a nation that so desperately needs it.
I would like to see change, too. Not with violence or hatred, but through love. Specifically the love that Christ teaches us to have and demonstrate. It is a love full shown through anger and yelling and insult and hate. No, Christ is the answer to hate. The love He shows and calls us to share with the world is one full of patience, kindness, gentleness, and compassion. Yelling and shouting has never brought about constructive change. But selflessness and love? Those are the things and tools of God. Christ is the answer to this demand for change!
Here's the link to sign up for services. All of the September 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
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.
Our church is responsible for delivering Peace Meals the month of September. A sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board at the church. The only day still available is all the Fridays.
The Trustees need volunteers for: landscaping clean up, trim bushes and painting. If anyone is interested please contact Kurt at 309-831-8819.
would like to thank the congregation for all the notes, cards and prayers. I am doing very well and hope to be released from the doctor this week.
From our Parish Nurse Pam Norris
Until further notice, routine blood pressure checks will be suspended.
CDC recommending flu shots after 9/1/20. Plan to get yours now!!
Here’s a wellness tip
Don’t Forget to Chew
Find yourself eating too fast? Studies show that if you slow down, you just might slim down. Put the brakes on with these tips:
· Devote at least 20 minutes for meals to allow time to feel comfortably full, not stuffed.
· Chew, chew, and chew each bite at least 10-15 times before swallowing.
· Completely clear your mouth and swallow before the next bite goes in.
· Pause every 4-5 bites for a sip of water.
· Cut your food into smaller bites.
· Eat certain finger foods like chips, popcorn, and nuts one chip, kernel and nut at a time.
· Take a break from chewing and start chatting…conversation is calorie-free.
· It’s not a race! Commit to being the last one at the table to finish.
As we all are aging, things to do to contribute to “aging well”:
Of course the infamous well-balanced diet and 30 minutes of exercise daily.
Other things: have yearly checkups with your healthcare provider, as well as your dentist (recommend 2x/year for cleaning)and eye care provider (at least every 2 years for those of us over 40).
Stay socially active. This doesn’t just mean conversing with people in person. Pick up the phone and call friends, family, church family.
Get at 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.
Stay mentally active: read books, work crossword puzzles, Sudoku, adult coloring (who knew this would be a “thing”?!), playing trivia games, painting are just a few examples.
If you are taking HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) either as a standalone medication or if it’s in combination with another medication, you are more sensitive to the sun. this makes you more at risk for skin cancers. So make sure you have sunscreen on when outside.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS: the following is needed at our local food pantry. Will move the donation bin to be in the narthex instead of the fellowship hall. Will collect these during the month of September.
· Dish soap
· Laundry soap
· Canned meats
· Canned soups
· Size 5 diapers are also in need-please add this to the list.
If someone is not attending church and wants to donate, please let Pam know and we’ll make arrangements for pick up (309-532-4872 and leave a voicemail if she doesn’t answer. Can also just text the above phone number if you prefer).