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July 2014 - Letter from Pastor Caroline
Dear Friends in Christ,
By now many of you have seen the vivid images of the two funnel clouds that tore apart the buildings in Pilger, and tore through Wisner and Wakefield and surrounding areas. The winds whipped the buildings to pieces, injured several people, and killed at least one person.
The following Sunday, congregations gathered to worship; in the midst of the rubble of their sanctuary, a line of Christians stood to receive communion, “the gifts of God for the people of God” as we proclaim at each Lord’s Supper. That is a visible sign of the invisible reality: God’s grace is found in the midst of the mess, not just when things are pretty or polite.
When Elijah was huddled in the cave, exhausted and waiting for God to speak to him, a storm rolled past: but God was not in the storm. A wind gusted: but God was not in the wind. A still, small voice whispered in Elijah’s heart: be still, and know that I am God.
When the people of God step up and show up and love folks through their hard or harsh times, God’s glory is revealed and the gospel is shown to be real. That’s the heart of any church. Our building is being upgraded so it can continue to be an effective place for God to use for mission; but a tornado could tear it down at any point. The heart of the church is not in our building, the heart of the church is what we are doing for people beyond our walls. That, no tornado can destroy nor can hail pulverize the gospel.
General Assembly has met in Detroit; the commissioners were led to do some new things, some controversial things, most things misunderstood by the press and people who don’t know how the church works or what the decisions actually say. While tornadoes threaten buildings, the storm of confusion could threaten our work together. As a windbreak for the confusion, copies of the overtures/decisions are available, and in August: one decision of GA will be presented during each Adult Education time.
VBS has come and gone; LOGOS Team will begin to dream for the fall; Session grows in our understanding of how to live our Vision and welcome all; several committees are now Teams, with a specific focus: a Welcoming Team - growing our church family in hospitality on all levels; Giving Team - helping us give, teaching us to share our resources, leading us to give to God’s mission and people in need; the Faith Team - so we can grow our faith through education, and feed our faith in worship. (Why are they “teams”? teams have a purpose, and do something, with energy. Would you rather watch the Husker Volleyball Team or the Husker Volleyball Committee? ) The Properties Team is at work on the building and grounds. God’s Spirit is blowing breezes through our church family. Thanks be to God.
In all kinds of weather, we’re better together! God’s Spirit will blow us good things.
Blessings, and may the breath of God breeze cool grace to you and yours,