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07 - Susan Williams 04 – Darcy Robb
07 - Susan Williams 07 – Wren Schmid
08 - Hope Reichter 10 – Pat Fisher
22 - Jesse Howieson 14 – Tristan Kakacek
22 - Tabetha Sanchez 17 – Norma Keller
28 - Landen Kakacek 18 – Alex EnTin
28 - Deb Olson 18 – Heinz Schmid
29 - Bob En Tin 25 - Jim Howieson
30 - Kohen Langfitt
We will be having worship at 9:30 a.m. on July 5th at the Gazebo Park.
Please bring your own communion!
Also, bring your own lawn chairs and face coverings/masks.
This will be our meeting place until further notice.
We hope to see you there, we have missed you!!
Are you as tired and frustrated by things in our world as I am? I am ready for all of it to just go away. I don’t want to hear another word about COVID 19, about systemic racism or about our elected officials not working together. I have had enough.
If only things were that simple. The truth is; none of these issues will just “go away”. The truth is; life is sometimes hard and unfair. The truth is; there are problems in our world and we each need to do our part to resolve them. I can’t wave a magic wand and make COVID 19 go away, resolve all the racism issues in our world or make all the elected officials work together.
I can do some things though. I can remember to respect people’s personal space and I can wear a mask when asked to. I can acknowledge that I have no idea about what it is like to live as a person of color. I can recognize that not every person with an opinion different from mine is dumb, evil or anti-American. I can try to see things from the viewpoint of others.
My friend Jason Berning introduced me to the website “sportsspectrum.com”. This site uses the platform of sports to reach people with the message of God’s love. I have appreciated the things I have been reading and have a little piece that spoke to me.
Reverend Robert Gray has been the chaplain for the Boston Celtics since the year 2000 and he has been actively shepherding the faith of the young men on the team.
“I encourage you to find one or two things that really move you that you can do to make change happen,” Gray said. “Everyone wants to move mountains but let’s just start moving the pebbles in front of you. God will give everybody a vision, just take the vision you have and you give that your all. You make that vision come true and if everybody does that, you’ll know society is beginning to change.”
Maybe I can’t do it all, maybe I can’t move a mountain, but I can move a pebble. I can do a little something today to show the world that I love God and I love my neighbor.
Look forward to seeing you for worship at 9:30 a.m. on July 5 at Gazebo Park. Remember to bring your own communion!
United Presbyterian Church
June 17, 2020
The stated meeting of the Session was held Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Those in attendance: Peg Bunn, Mark Fisher, Mary Kallem, Frank Sharp, Karen Wason, Deb Olson, Clerk, Rev. Bill Kem, Moderator. Excused: Jeff Fankhauser. Rev. Kem opened with devotions and prayer.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Session approved the following:
Moving $1,200.00 from the General Fund to the Building Fund on a monthly basis
$2,120.40 to be taken out of the Building Fund and paid on the principal of the building loan
CLERK’S REPORT: Session approved the May 20 Session Minutes.
PASTOR’S REPORT: Worship in Gazebo Park will begin July 5, 9:30. This will be a short, casual service. Members are invited to bring their own communion or choose to use what is provided.
Various people are contributing to midweek devotions, which are recorded by Ted Bunn and placed on the church’s website. If anyone is interested in sharing a devotion, please contact Rev. Kem for details. Rev. Kem will be gone July 7 & 8.
PROPERTY REPORT: The tree out front needs to be trimmed, preferably in the fall, when it is cooler. Session approved hiring Crystal Clean Carpet to clean the carpet in the sanctuary at a cost of $742.69.
Rev. Kem closed the meeting with prayer at 3:08 p.m.
Congratulations to Amanda & Knute Severson on the birth of their son, Harbor Jack!
Born May 3rd 7lbs 11oz and 20 inches long!
07 - Anna Williams 17 – Elliet Nerlien
12 - Edie Eaton 24 – Brittany Howieson
14- Diane O’Connor 26 – Karen chapman 27 – Roger Kallem
I hope and pray that this letter finds you and your loved ones doing well despite all the chaos around us. I pray for those of us who are in a tough financial spot at this time. I pray for those of us who are in a tough spot regarding our health – this could be physical, emotional or spiritual in nature. I pray for those of us who are frustrated, tired, depressed, angry, fed-up and looking for a light at the end of the tunnel.
I pray that each and every one of us would experience the peace and strength of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives. This coming Sunday (the 31st of May) is the perfect time for us to celebrate Pentecost Sunday. I think we could all use a dose of God’s Holy Spirit – at least I know I could.
Please feel free to contact the church office if you are in a situation where you could use some help. Being the church means that we are here for each other. One of my friends talked to me about something they read on Facebook the other day. Someone had said that even though the church has not been gathering together for Sunday morning worship – the church has never been closed. I thought that was an excellent way to say it.
That thought leads me to this. With the recent increase of diagnosed COVID 19 cases in Wright County the deacons from the Congregational Church and the session from the Presbyterian Church have agreed that we will postpone gathering together for worship until the 5th of July. We are planning for both of our congregations to meet at the Gazebo Park at 9:30 on that day. Please pencil in the 5th of July as our new date to begin worshiping together and stay tuned for more information as that day moves closer.
I would like to leave you with a quote that I find very appropriate for the time we are living in.
“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found it is small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
May we be empowered by God’s Holy Spirit to do all we can to keep the darkness at bay.