Note from the Pastor


“I thank my God every time I remember you,

constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you,

because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.” - Philippians 1: 3-5

      The last couple of weeks have been a rollercoaster for me and my family, both                 figuratively and a little bit literally.  Many of you know that about three weeks ago now my dad ended up in the ICU up in North Eastern Wisconsin.  He had a lot going wrong with him, not the least of which was his heart.  Through the great care of excellent doctors and stellar nurses and the prayers of all of you, my dad made it out of the ICU and is now in a nursing care facility working at being able to care for himself once again.  I cannot express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all for your prayers and for giving me the time and space to take care of my dad.

     Taking time away is difficult for me.  Like anyone, it is easy for pastors to get it in their head that if they take time away that everything will fall apart.  It is hard to acknowledge just how little control any of us actually has in this world.  But as difficult as the past couple of weeks have been for me with my dad, it was a blessing to know that you all would be ok.  That you, all, are more than just members of a congregation, but you are partners in the gospel with me and with all the church, in ministry to all who come through our doors and whose paths we cross. 

     As often as I prayed for my dad, I prayed for you.  I didn't pray that everything would keep spinning while I was away; I knew that would happen already.  But every time I prayed for healing for my dad, I prayed a prayer of gratitude and joy for knowing all of you and having you all in my life.  Your love and support made a very difficult and stressful time a whole lot less difficult and stressful than it could have been.

     Last Monday, as I stood by my dad's bedside to say goodbye before we came back downstate, my dad got a bit emotional, more so than I had ever seen him, and he told me that my being there, my presence, made all the difference.  And friends, that difference - me being there - only happened because of all of you.  So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Thank you for being the wonderful partners in ministry that you are. 

Rejoicing in you all,

Pastor Mike

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