Notes from Pastor Steve

As this newsletter is being prepared, it is already near the end of May! 2022 is racing by - as I look on with astonishment. My grandfather always used to tell me that time seems to move faster the older you get, and I have to agree with him. I hope you can take some time in your busy schedule to stop, relax, and know that you are in the presence of our God.

The Presbytery Gathering on February 3rd was highlighted by the installation of Rev. Ryan Landino as the new Presbytery Leader for Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery. I had the opportunity to meet Ryan (as he prefers to be called) in person at the presbytery office. I believe he will have a positive impact on our presbytery – please say a special prayer for our new Presbytery Leader.

Our condolences to Donna Boyer and her family on the death of her father, Al Judy on February 10th.  Al and Doris joined our congregation when they were residents here at Parkwood Manor. They then moved to Texas to be close to another daughter. Doris died in 2020 and now Al is gone – prayers for Donna’s family.

Our Chili Luncheon was held on March 6th after worship. It was a good time and a great opportunity for our church family to gather together in an informal setting. Thanks to all who helped to make this day a success!

I did attend and participate in the installation of Rev. Karen Dumey at the Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sikeston on March 20th. Karen sends her regards and again thanks us for allowing her to preach here in December.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry is now reorganized for 2022 with Rikki Schaefer as the new coordinator. I believe there are now a total of 12 people (members and friends of our congregation) who are sharing the work in continuing this vital ministry to our community. Thanks to all those many who continue to support our food pantry either by your service or through your donations. As I mentioned in worship only last Sunday, inflation and the greatly increased costs of food are really eating into our 2022 budget for the food pantry. Any little extra you could provide (in food supplies, but especially in monetary donations so that we can purchase those necessities we are in short supply of) will certainly help us to continue the level of support this food ministry provides for our community.

He is risen! He is risen indeed! The celebrations of Easter Sunday are now behind us but the wonderful good news of the Easter resurrection stays with us! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Our condolences to Sandy Koller, whose mother, Del Loida, passed away on Good Friday, April 15. Prayers for Sandy, Bob, and the entire family.

Hopefully you noticed the list of upcoming fellowship events that are now scheduled for our congregation. Thanks to Kathy Roth for putting this list together and getting this information out to members of our congregation. On May 1st we had a Pancake Brunch after worship prepared and served by the men of the church. Thanks to Bruce Terry and Kyle Schaefer for organized and doing most of the work for this event! On May 22nd we had an Old-Fashioned Picnic behind the Silversmith’s House. It was an overcast and cool day but everyone seemed to take the weather in stride and we had a great time! Thanks to all who helped to put this fellowship event together. The next big fellowship event will be a trip to the Muny Theater to see Camelot! This will take place on June 24th and you need to sign up in advance so we may order the tickets.

Several of you have undertaken the challenge of reading through the entire Bible in 2022. If you have been “keeping up” with our schedule, you should be finishing the book of Daniel by the end of May. If you would like to join our challenge (or continue with it), begin reading the book of Hosea in the Old Testament on June 1st and we plan to read through the remainder of the Old Testament by the end of June. Even though this does include the last 12 books of the Old Testament (Hosea through Malachi), it is really a “light” assignment as it only contains a total of about 55 pages of text. Beginning in the month of July, we will start reading through the New Testament. I would encourage anyone who has not participated in our through the Bible reading for 2022 to join us beginning July 1st as we begin our journey through the New Testament. Make reading the Bible a priority for you for the remainder of 2022!

As the summer season quickly approaches, I wish for you and yours a wonderful and a safe summer. May the grace of God continue to uplift you and may your days be relaxing and worry-free. And may God continue to hold you in the palm of God’s hand.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 (RSV)

Yours in Christ,                    

Pastor Steve