Sunday, May 24, 2020

Dear Friend,

As we prepare for the season of Pentecost approaching, the season of the work of the Holy Spirit, perhaps God is calling us to be open to new movements of the Spirit in this covid-19 season. For years, voices from the margins have foretold that the church had to change. Now, everyone recognizes that the church has had to adapt.
However, as we recognize the need for prolonged social distancing, studies on the effects of singing and spreading aerosols, we are faced with the reality that the church needs to shift completely. This is not a temporary adaptation, but perhaps a longer-term change in how we gather, and who God needs us to be. But we are not left orphaned.
The Advocate, the Comforter, the Helper, is at work and moving among us. Faith, Hope, and Love, abide, these three-and the greatest of these is love.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Then he is taken up into heaven, with the assurance of the angels that he will return.
Pau’s prayer for the Ephesians that they may know the power of Christ who is over all and fills all.

Jesus reminds the disciples of how he has fulfilled the Scriptures, then he promises the Holy Spirit, blesses them and is taken up to heaven.
God of Steadfast Love, fear is moving fast in our world. The fear of power and control, the fear of disease, the fear of losing jobs and healthcare and education. Most of all, the fear of losing all that we had, the way of life we once took for granted, has shaken us to our core.
 Fear has wrapped its tendrils around us, but Your love helps us to shake free. Your steadfast love helps us to move forward boldly in faith, knowing that You overcame the worst of our fears at the cross.
Nothing can ever be the same, but with You, we know that we can embrace the new life ahead. May Your steadfast love be made known to us, now and always, but especially during our times of trial. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Livestream Worship at 10am
New Ministry Opportunity.
We are seeking volunteers who can assist in video recording and editing for our online worship.
You need to feel comfortable with a camera and “some” basic knowledge of video editing software. Training will be provided. Please contact Pastor Luis for more information.
Passing of Gene Anderson… on Monday, May 18, 2020
Family Private Visitation Friday, May 22, 2020 – 9:00am to 11:00am.
Private Funeral Service at 11AM – ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY.
Interment private
Cards may be sent Attention to
Kathy Synowiec (Gene’s daughter)
429 Chopin Ct.
Wheaton IL 60189
Pastor Luis’ Sabbath Time.
Pastor Luis will be taking his Sabbath from Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25. During these time Pastor Luis will NOT be checking his email, texts, or voice mail. At the beginning of May, Bishop Sally Dick asked the active clergy of the Northern Illinois Conference to take 3 consecutive days as a Sabbath any time during the month of May. Similar actions are taking across the United Methodist Connection.
Journaling is a wonderful cause for reflection. Hope that by providing you with journaling prompts for 7 days, you will have ample opportunity to pause and begin to see the presence of God’s grace in your everyday life. Hope you will enjoy. Blessings,
As we have moved to virtual worship, we can’t forget that bringing our gifts, offering is part of worship. We thank God that we still have the opportunity to do so even in these uncertain times. Please use this link Contribute to continue your contribution or to do a new one, or you can continue mailing your checks. Doing this we continue to bless the ministry we all love and care for.
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