From the Pastor's Pen

Pastor Sally’s Devotional 7/2

| July 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am feeling grateful today for our amazing staff, our dedicated Elders and Deacons and our wonderful volunteers who have gone the extra mile to bring us high quality worship services, interesting online classes, great ministry opportunities for our young people and have extended the caring arm of the church to our congregation while also addressing concerns of the nation outside our congregation!  I am truly amazed at the gifts, energy and love of this congregation, and I continue to thank God for calling me to First Presbyterian, Elkhart.  What a blessing you are.

I would like to suggest that for your daily devotion today, you think of someone to whom to say thank you.  You can express your gratitude in a text, email, phone call, note card or however it feels appropriate.  Think about someone who has enriched your life in these strange Coronavirus days and say thank you.  (Not me, please.  You all of have been very kind in your notes to me.  Thank someone else.  There are so many dear ones giving of themselves right now.)

Here are some suggestions of a few people going the extra mile:

The Elder or Deacon who calls you just to check in.

The worship production team: Andy McCaskey, Kelsey Seddon, Jake Windy, Mary Seddon, Matt Kennedy, Jill Windy, Celia Weise, Tom and Sue LeFevre, Jessica Miller, and all our scripture readers.

Anna Parkinson who single handedly is making children’s ministry happen right now!

Our church gardeners.

Our prayer team – you can communicate thanks through Mary Rasp.

Our new Christian Action team for Racial Equity: Freya Burket, John Hutchings, Jim Pyles, Carla Tyson, Starr Robinson and Bruce Carter.

These are just a few.  I’ll bet you can think of others.

Paul write to the Christians in Ephesians, “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16   Today is Thankful Thursday.  It is a good day to give thanks for the blessings of others in our lives.


Pr. Sally

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