Carol Clayton and Eleanor Keenan have partnered in a vital mission project that involves 11 ladies who jumped on board to make face masks for healthcare workers and nursing care facilities. We wish to thank Carol and Eleanor for their leadership, and to Shirley Blackall, Linda Clayton, Kathy Gongaware, Karen Sarge, Roberta Foust, Debbie Biondi, Beverly Bettis, Cheryl Thomas, Evelyn Dingee, Candy Regola, and all others who volunteered their time in helping to save the lives of others.
Our talented Music Director, Mary Ellen Patrick, has been working with Alan McBride to provide some additional special music on the piano for this Easter season that was produced from Mary Ellen’s home. Click on “Ashokan Farewell” and “The Psalms” for a direct link to be able hear Mary Ellen’s special music.
“The mass of humanity live lives of quiet desperation.” —Thoreau
In the mid-1800s a Cholera pandemic broke out worldwide. In 1854 it hit London and 127 people died in three days. Three-fourths of the residents fled the city.
By the end of the outbreak, 616 people died. The mortality rate was 12.8%. Two prior outbreaks took the lives of 14,137 people.
If you were an influential pastor such as Charles Spurgeon, besides honoring the governing and medical authorities’ recommendations, what would you tell your people?
“It is much to be feared that a constant run of prosperity, perpetual peace and freedom from disease may breed in our minds just what it has done in all human minds before, namely security, pride, hedonism and forgetfulness of God. It is a most solemn fact that human nature can scarcely bear a long continuance of peace and health. It is almost necessary that we should be salted with affliction every now and then lest we putrefy with sin.”
“May God grant that we have neither famine nor sword but since we have this pestilence in a very slight degree, it becomes us to ask the Lord to bless it to the people so each tenderness of conscience may be apparent throughout the multitude and they may recognize the hand of God. Already I’ve been told by Christian brethren laboring in the east of London there is a greater willingness to listen to gospel truth.”
What Would Jesus Do?
We are smack dab in the middle of a global pandemic. People are fearful, anxious, worried, scared and extremely open to hearing those who bring truth, hope and encouragement in a compassionate and skillful way. Once again, there is a “greater willingness to listen to gospel truth.”
Dear Church Family,
This is no ordinary time. We all are faced with at least some differences in our daily routine and keeping informed of many changes in our world. To be good citizens and especially good examples of members of God’s family, we need to be following the “rules” (good hygiene, exercise, common sense).
I hope we are all praying for those who are sick, the one caring for them, and the many disruptions in family life.
The main constant in the world is change, but we, as Christians follow the One who is constant and changeless! God is still in control.
We miss seeing our church family.
In His Strong Love,
Jack and Donna Marshall
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
- Pray for those infected by the coronavirus around the world.
- Pray with gratitude for those who care for them.
- Pray with gratitude for health specialists and authorities who are combating the spread of infection.
- Pray for government officials and leaders to have the wisdom necessary to make wise and informed decisions out of care for the public good, particularly to those most vulnerable.
- Pray for all who at this time are feeling anxious.