FROM THE DESK OF . . .
Sunday, January 22 and Monday, 23, 2023
From the desk of Pastor Ernie Green
Today is January 22, one month from today, February 22 is Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent. We are moving right along toward the season of Lent and with that comes Wednesday midweek services at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. The Lenten midweek dinner season also begins on Ash Wednesday at 5:30 PM and continues throughout Lent. The fellowship at these meals is one of my favorite activities in our church year, and I look forward to them always. Perhaps you are part of a group at St. Paul who might be interested in preparing and serving one of these Lenten meals. Let me know, and I’ll direct you to the correct people. You can help us all to receive our “Daily Bread.”
On and on:
Have you ever read the children’s book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?”
If not then I’ll quickly explain. If you give a mouse a cookie, then he’s going to want a glass of milk, and if you give him the milk, then he’s going to need a napkin, and so on and so on. It doesn’t seem to end. For the past year my health has been moving in the same direction. Once I had the covid two years ago, I ended up with covid pneumonia, then because of the pneumonia, I contracted emphysema. When they tested me for emphysema, they diagnosed me with sleep apnea. Then the tests showed a couple of leaky heart valves. Not long after, tests showed a problem with my liver, and now, those liver tests display an enlarged gall bladder filled with stones. It needs to be removed soon. MRI’s are showing a litany of herniated disks in my back that are causing a lot of pain. But what bothers me most is this, for two weeks prior to the gall bladder surgery, I must be on a “Liver Reduction Diet.” What is that you ask? Well, just imagine doing your liquid prep diet for a colonoscopy, and extend it for two weeks. As you might imagine, I’m not happy with that. Is there anything else? Oh yeah, when I was being examined by the surgeon who is removing my gall bladder, he noticed that I have an umbilical hernia. Isn’t life fun? Prayers are always welcome and appreciated.
The joy of the Lord is our strength! Pastor Ernie Green
All are welcome at St. Paul Lutheran – Please allow God’s love to work in and through you to brighten the lives of members and visitors alike.
USHERS: Both men and women are welcome to be on our usher teams. Please see our Head Ushers, Dan Schuler (for Sunday, 8am service) or Brian Hapeman (for Sunday, 10:45am service) if you are interested in helping with this important ministry. Thank you!
LUTHERAN WOMENS’ MISSIONARY LEAGUE (LWML) NEWS:
The Planet Green Recycle Fundraiser Program continues and we only accept inkjet cartridges from Hewlett, Canon, and Collins. Thank you!!
Confirmation Class Assignments – For Thursday, January 26, 2023:
First Year Class – Read “The Ten Commandments: The Sixth Commandment” pages 81 – 85 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation. Read Chapter Eighteen and Nineteen from The Story, “Daniel in Exile” and “The Return Home.” Attend church and complete a Worship Summary Form.
Mentor Question: “Why do you believe that the Sixth Commandment is so important to our lives of faith?”