"Start being brave about everything. Drive out
darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your
weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ
crucified you can do everything."
-- St. Catherine of Siena
We can do everything in Christ who strengthens us in the long run. In the meantime, we can focus on the things that we can do well. We all had plans for what 2020 would look like (pun fully intended). You see, that’s the thing about 20/20 vision, once you can see things perfectly, you can see everything clearly, and not all of it is pleasant. Here’s the good news: we don’t have to save the world as that’s already been done for us. We can, however, do our part in making the world that we live in a better place. We have some exciting things in store for the end the year, but as to not overwhelm you, I will observe the Rule of 3’s:
1. Remember “Inspired” by Rachel Held Evans? Well, we’re restarting our weekly meetings on Thursdays at 6:00 PM. If you forgot what chapter we were on, then here’s some more good news: when I said we’re restarting, I meant that we’re restarting everything. Please read chapter 1 by November 12th. We’ll open group for dinner at 6:00 PM before continuing on at 6:30 PM for discussions.
2. I think that’s amazing how we as a congregation encourage our members to prepare a Children’s Talk before the sermon. The Lockdown allowed us to become creative with this ministry to our children of age and heart. Hopefully, the Children’s Talk will accompany our upcoming Children’s Chapel beginning this Advent Season.
3. Calling all Thrivent Members! We need Action Grants. We at Apostles Lutheran are ending the year “in the red”, meaning that giving has recently been way down. Thrivent Action Grants are a helpful way for us to continue serving our community. Each Thrivent Member is able to apply for two Action Grants per fiscal year. Here’s even more good news: there’s still time to apply for both if you haven’t done so this year. Visit https://www.thrivent.com/ to apply, and please feel free to contact me if you need help. I’ve already applied for one concerning Operation Advent.
In God’s Abiding Love,
Pastor Jeniffer Tillman, M.D.