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It's ok to be a little odd.
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In preparation for yesterday's message and this week's devotional, I spent a lot of time studying scripture. It really struck me at how odd and counter-cultural God's call to love is. We find that scripture tells us to love God, love our neighbors, love our enemies, build unity, love people who don't deserve it, and the categories just kind of go on from there. 

If you really dig deep into this ethic of love, it would lead to living a rather odd life. Evidently, though, God is ok with calling Jesus followers to an odd way of living--to a way of living that is different from the world. 

This week I want to encourage you to do 3 things: 

1. Take our Spiritual Growth Survey. Click HERE to take it now; it will only take 5 minutes. Since we can't be with each other in person, this survey can help us support one another and can help find a way forward for our church during this difficult season. 

2. Focus on love this week. If you focus on the love of God and how God might want you to show love, I think that you will be blessed in unexpected ways. I have prepared a devotional for you to help guide you in this focus. Click HERE to download your devotional. 

3. Please continue to pray each day at 12:29. I am going to work to more consistently be on Facebook live to pray this week at 12:29. But even if I'm not on Facebook each day, please take this moment to pray. Each day has a different prayer emphasis centered around hope and healing for the COVID health crisis. You can find the prayer foci by clicking HERE.

Please know that I am praying for you. Please feel free to reach out to me this week if you need to talk or need prayer. I know these days can feel isolating and disorienting, we can get through it by leaning on each other. 

In Christ, 


Did you miss Sunday worship?
During worship yesterday, we explored God's New Normal of Being Odd and celebrated Holy Communion. I was moved as we participated together through our screens and phones. 

If you missed live worship, you can still participate on demand at the website. Click HERE to go to our worship and message archives. If you found worship helpful, you can also share these videos with your family and friends. 
Weekly Online Communion During the Season of Easter
During worship, yesterday, we celebrated Holy Communion for the second time since in-person worship has been suspended.  Communion looks a little different now that we were all scattered in different places; however, God brings us together through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

I've prepared a prayerful reflection on communion and making communion break. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to watch it, and consider making your own bread for communion. (I promise it is super easy and can be very meaningful.)

Click  HERE to learn more about Online Communion and to watch the how to video. 
During these times and all times, the ministry of the church continues. Your generosity makes us able to create hope by connecting families and children with the life changing love of Jesus. During these anxious times, this is more important than ever. Please consider giving generously online at Or by mailing in your contribution. 
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