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Grace, mercy and peace to you, as we continue to walk in the arms of God who is our refuge and strength.  Due to the rise of COVID numbers in Pine County and the state, In-Gathering worship will be cancelled.  We will continue, if all goes well to film on FB live, You Tube, Radio transmission and weekly bulletins and sermons.  All In-Gathering Worship, Bible studies, meetings and gatherings are cancelled beginning FridayNovember 6, 2020 until further notice.  Peace be to you all my brother and sisters in Christ.  

Pastor Brenda


JANUARY Information... (from Pastor Brenda) 

Taking Another Look There was a man named Simeon…..He was waiting for the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit was upon him…..There was also a prophetess, Anna…She was old, she never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying….Luke 2: 25-26, 36-37

Waiting and waiting some more. This week’s Gospel after the Birth of our Lord begs us to look and take another look. Just when we think we have the story, all figured out, it is time or have put the story maybe away for another year we hear about two faithful people who have been waiting for the Savior of Israel. Miraculously it is going to come in a little baby that is going to be the rise and fall of Israel and salvation to all (Luke 2:29- 35). I wonder if when they woke up if they thought this was going to be the day. I wonder if they got discouraged or lost hope. I wonder if their faith strengthened through the long nights and days of prayer when it might have seemed like this day it did not happen again. Many of you may have heard that my husband Kent contacted Covid and was in the hospital for 8 days and is still healing from the ordeal. We went from a semi-normal life to wondering what each day was going to hold. Some days, it was hard to take another look as we wondered if we would be one of the statistics and worried what each day would bring. Night and day, our family along with so many other people lifted him and all of us up in prayer and Kent healed. We thank you for your prayers and concerns. For the doctors, nurses, scientists and essential workers that healed him as they worked together, with God’s hand. This has been a long ten months of shutdowns and closings, of heartache and loneliness. Where can you take another look? Families are spending time together, babies are born, new ideas and ways to communicate are happening, and praise God, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Gospel of our Lord is still being told in new and exciting ways. Take another look like Anna and Simeon did. After waiting and contemplating, their God came through. We live in hope and joy as we await the world in its silence as we sing, “Silent Night.” That same God still promises to come through for each of us. We still have a while to go before the world has a handle on this Covid, yet help is on the way and we are not alone. When we pray night and day, we do so in confidence that when we take another look the Savior is with us. Peace, Pastor Brenda

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sigh of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” Luke 2: 29-32

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 BLESSING BOX

Thank you to everyone who has donated items, to the Blessing Box.  Please continue to do so, as this is an ongoing project.

We have been using quite a few items and are always looking for any donations. 

Your generosity makes a difference, in the lives of those in need.

The Stewardship Board

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