Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I am not sure if you were with us in the outdoor service. It was a beautiful morning, especially for the first weekend of August. And at the end of the service, we were walked (drove) out by Marilyn singing Beautiful Savior. What a blessing! I was thinking how lucky we are to have talented singers, like Sarah and Marilyn in our midst. Then joining them, Pam, Bridget and Wally, this church is truly blessed. Thank you all who lend their talents to these services.
Did you notice? Your church answered my plea for help. We had a new reader on our recorder service. Our outdoor service had a mixture of old and a whole lot of new. And we did it! No one got hurt. No cars got in an accident. Thank you all for answering the call for help.
Odds and ends:
· Work on the air conditioner has already begun. No going back now. The company was waiting in our parking lot on Monday. Much work needs to be done before the new unit can be put in place. This is good, because we are waiting for the new unit. Before the pandemic, they would just pull it off the shelf. That is not the case now. We are stilling looking at six-seven weeks for completion of this project. We will keep you informed.
· The Church Council is already putting plenty of work in to open our church for worship. Here are some of the highlights:
- It will depend on how our state is doing and the guidelines put forth by our Governor. As you know, last week, the county of LaSalle was going in the wrong direction. We will continue to stay the course, following the guidelines that we have been following since the beginning of March.
- When we enter our church again, you will find a number of individual hand sanitizer stations. They have been purchased by the council in preparation for our opening.
- Council has also purchased a hand-held sanitizer for our church. It reminds me of a fogger for spraying for bugs. Instead of wiping down each pew and exposing our staff to this virus, all they will have to do is to fog(spray) the area. No rubbing is necessary. This also will be good for when we open our building to greater use such as sewing club. Some great forward thinking by our council.
- The council also began a three-phase purchase of audio and video equipment to upgrade not only our recorded service but to upgrade the whole system in itself. It has been something you all have been talking about before I came here. The first purchase is for video equipment and installation of this equipment. It will cost approximately 12,000 dollars. The purchase came from the Memorial Fund.
· We will begin preliminary talks about what to do with Sunday School either this week or next. Thank you for your patience.
· The family of Viola Strout will have a private memorial service on August 9th. For those who knew her well, it might a good time to write the family a note.
· Does anyone know how to grow pumpkins? We have vines and flowers but no fruit. Any suggestions?
· Don’t forget our contest regarding decorating your sidewalk or driveway using chalk. We already have our first entrants. Take a picture then email the church. They must be turned in by August 9th. Pizza dinner for the family is the 1st place prize.
· Your Pastor will be taking a vacation from August 12th through the 18th.
I am truly blessed to be serving as your Pastor. I continue to ask, not only for your prayers, but for prayers for this church. My new favorite Greek word is “pas.” It is an inclusive term meaning “everyone” or “all”. May we continue to be a church for pas.
The peace of the Lord be with you all.