March 19th, 2020–SPRING!!!!

This is what is going out today in our church newsletter, St. Paul FYI. I wanted to share it here as well.

Dear Beloved Friends,

Today is the first day of Spring! I’m grateful for it. In the midst of all the overload of information, our complete change of life, our fears and worries about what the next weeks will bring, nevertheless, Spring has arrived. The first flowers are beginning to come up, daffodils and myrtle in our yard. What are you noticing in nature this week? What calls your attention? The ocean? The sky? New growth? Paying attention to the beauty of creation rests my heart and cheers my soul. We live in the midst of beauty that nourishes our spirits.

First myrtle blossom at home.

Many of us have rearranged our lives these last couple of weeks.  Churches all over our Synod of been working to understanding what it means to be church in this time. We’re wondering what we need to be doing, who do we need to reach, how shall we stay connected. Here at St. Paul, we are holding on-line services and Sunday School. I want to thank Robin Carlo for all she is doing to help our Sunday School families to continue to participate in at-home spiritual formation. I want to thank Carl Johnson, Howard Blazzard, Joel Maxwell and Anne Wheeler for helping us to offer worship and prayer services in a new way. We also continue to minister to people in need in our communities as best we can.

Please do not hesitate to call or email me. Please feel free to contact the church office as well, through email or telephone. Anne W. is working from home, but can receive emails and retrieve phone messages. We are connected still, in spirit and and in love. I hope you know that I am thinking of you, praying for you, and walking with you.  We are a sturdy, faithful, beloved community in Christ. In the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus has carried us already from death to life, and he will continue to do so.

Love, Pastor Anne