Mother-Daughter Garden Party
Friday, May 6 at 4:30pm
All ladies are daughters and welcome to attend!
Menu: Appetizers, chicken, baked potatoes, coleslaw,
corn casserole, rolls, dessert & beverages
Cost: $8.00 per person (free for children up to age 12)
Contact the church office for reservations
This month's NEAT Dinner
Thursday, April 28 at 4:30pm
Please RSVP by Monday, April 25.
Menu: Pulled pork, baked potato wedges, coleslaw, veggies & dip, strawberry shortcake, beverages
A freewill offering will be collected to help offset costs
Enjoy a delicious dinner with friends. All are welcome!
- Connecting with God
- Community with others
- Caring for the world
We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.
In the grace and peace of Christ,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal
- NEAT Dinner: April 28 at 4:30pm
- Mother Daughter Garden Party: Friday May 6 at 6:30pm
- Summer Camp Days: June 27-30
Pastor's Ponderings for April
During the course of my ministry, here as well as in other churches, I have had occasion to visit many people who were facing surgery or difficult diagnoses. Surgery and illness are difficult to handle, especially if the prognosis is uncertain or not good.
In such situations, I have encountered at least four different types of attitudes. Some people are very angry. How could this happen in their lives? They still have much to live for, have always worked hard, and believe they are entitled to some enjoyment in their lives. Why was God doing this? A second attitude has been defeat. Cancer has struck for the third time, and this person didn’t feel like fighting anymore. It was over—let it be. She didn’t care anymore. A third attitude I have encountered is one filled with faith and peace. These folks will get through it, you sense; they would face the future in the same way they have encountered other difficult situations in their lives. Finally, some people go through all of the above at one time or another.
Reflecting on this and learning from the experience of hospital chaplains, I think that our attitude or approach toward illness also applies to aging. Individuals develop their personalities over a lifetime, and aging does not change our basic personality traits. There are physical and mental consequences of the aging process, and we tend to approach these consequences in the same way we approach other events in life. Some people are pessimists, others are angry or rebellious, and others are full of confidence that God will not abandon them. Those who have been nurtured in the faith and have learned to face life in the light of God’s promises and providence—in sickness and in health—often have an easier time accepting illness than those who do not have this assurance, despite our personality type.
When we face illness, we need to work through many emotions. When we are told that sickness is present in our bodies, our whole outlook on life changes. We are left emotionally shaken to the core. The fear is real—fear of suffering and of the unknown. And we may feel angry, which is a natural reaction to receiving bad news, and it is a stage in grieving a health that is now in the past. But this is a time when dependence on the grace of God and the support and prayers of family and friends are more important then ever.
Facing illness is a time of searching for the presence of God and the meaning of life. Often it will deepen our faith, if we allow it to, and through it we will develop a greater appreciation for the gift of life. If we are confident of God’s presence in our lives, we will also believe that God will sustain us when we’re going through illness or when we live in chronic pain.
Aging is a constant reminder of our frailty and mortality, even if we are healthy. It is a time of slowing down, of letting go of the frantic pace of life, and learning to live with physical limitations. The secret of a content life is a grateful heart—and that applies in sickness and in health, till death opens up new life for us.
Let us encourage one another in an attitude of dependence upon God’s grace and strength as we go through life’s struggles.
Joyfully serving with you,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal