Sunday, May 17

Good morning Church,

Yes, this is already the 10th Sunday of the Quarantine, can you believe it? We have been providing virtual services since March 15. We have probably gotten better at it, but it still feels like a very, very long time without the comforts of human contact and worship as we know it. We are trying to make the best of it. As was my niece, who took her wedding during the pandemic as an opportunity to poke a little fun at the whole situation. See their wedding picture in hazmat suits! You’ve got to keep your humor… I added another picture, which shows their faces in another comical scene, baby bump against beer bump…  My niece wrote that she was actually touched by all the creative ways in which people chose to participate in this tiny wedding. Her husband’s work colleagues showed up and lined up at a safe distance with pipes from work (a manufacturing plant). All week long she received little packages, cards and letters. Those gestures, usually minor things in a “big” wedding, have become so much more meaningful, she writes.  But the highlight was that she received a What’s App congratulations note from her “Opa,” my father, which is a certified miracle!

This Sunday we will feature many of our deacons in the recorded church service. In addition to the musicians already mentioned yesterday, we have a contribution from Abby C. (postlude). She did a beautiful job! The service also includes a tribute to all the people who were remembered in the bulletin memorials for March, April and May (prelude). Check it out. It will be posted no later than 9:00 a.m. on our website and Facebook page.

At 11. a.m. this morning we invite you to join our Virtual Adult Forum with people from the Interfaith Housing Alliance. 

Here is the invitation:   

Today is the birthday of Kevin D., another one of my former confirmation students. Happy birthday, Kevin!

We thank you so very much for your ongoing support and your contributions. You can use the church envelopes and send them in or you can use the online giving option below, which is also featured on our website. THANK YOU!

Be safe and be well,

Pastor Andreas Wagner

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