Death and Taxes
We always say it: “what a difference a year makes”. This time last year Ashley and I did our taxes for the first time having to navigate the nuances of being clergy. This time last year I was finishing my Easter sermon, (probably something about Jesus and new life) and then leaving you as we prepared to welcome Asher into the world. This time last year I was thinking about the previous year and how I felt things had gone during my first Holy Week as an ordained pastor. So what is different this year? I do not know. Actually, that is not true; I do know. What is different is that we continue to meet the challenges of living into the promise of the Resurrection. We continue to explore what it means to be disciples and not just followers and fans. We continue to design and redesign the building and its spaces. What is different is that we are still in the midst of a frustrating time in the life of the church. Old things are dying and new things are being born. Some of the old things are worth holding on to, while others mask our insecurities. Some of the new things are worth holding on to, while others mask our fears.
It is a tough time. Birth is not easy, there is pain involved, and something must be given up for the space of new life. Death is not easy, there is pain involved, and something must be let go for the space of sorrows. So it should be no surprise that Resurrection is not easy, there is pain involved, and something must die so that something may be born anew.
Yes, things are changing, some for the better, some to explore, and some simply for the sake of change. Not all of these changes are permanent, nor are they all great ideas, but they are attempts to see what may be good for us moving forward. From those that are not good, or fail, we take time to learn from and see how we may do better bringing similar ideas forward in the future. Ultimately, what we will find is that there is nothing new that we bring, only different approaches and with different enthusiasms and understandings.
In this Easter season, may you find newness in your understanding of the amazing gift of Jesus Christ, especially of his death and resurrection, and be filled with great enthusiasm as we together discern our discipleship as the hands and feet of the body of the Lord. Trusting in what you have seen and heard from the first disciples keep your faith strong and enjoy the moments of being in God’s grace.
Happy Easter and blessings to you all.
Beginning in April our UPtown Dinners will be once a month on every 3rd Wednesday. (This month on April 20). Hosting this month will be the Elders. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex or call the office.
Trivia Night/Silent Auction is slated for Tuesday, Mary 3. If you have any items or baskets you would like to donte, strat bringing them to the office. Also, a bake sale will be available.
We are also offering raffle of a child's quilt, winner to be drawn on Trivia Night. Tickets are $.50 each or 3 for $1.00. Size is 50" x 60", constructed by Alice Bilderback and quilted by Bonnie Krupp. Tickets available in the Narthex or the office.
Please notify the office of any high school or college graduates from our congregation this year.
Everyone, We thank you so much for going to The Empty Bowl. Because of your participation the Collinsville Woman's Club was able to present the Collinsville Area Food Pantry with $12,565.55. We are so happy and proud as you should be too. Thank you again. Sarah Ross
To my church family: I want to thank you for all the prayers and support I have received while away at college. The gift boxes are especially appreciated! Austin Dellamano
Thank you: We would like to thank our church family for the cards, calls, and memorials for my brother Jack Creekmur and Chuck's sister, Delores Highsmith, and especially for your loving prayers. We feel very blessed to be part of our church family. In His love, Anne & Chuck Tennant
From the Outreach Committee: Thanks for everyones contributions during Lent for bus passes and gas cards for the Food Pantry. Amount raised was $375.15.