Week of May 24, 2020
Fellow Saints of First Lutheran Church,
Thank you First Lutheran family for your continued financial support during this challenging time! Thank you to everyone who has mailed in a contribution and a note to say hello. Thank you to the people who have given electronically for the first time because you can not physically place your donation in the offering plate every Sunday. Thank you to the households that have continued to give electronically, even though we can not gather in person. So again, thank you!
A hockey buddy of mine from Maryland, whose father and brother were/are Lutheran clergy sent this to me. I thought it might bring you a smile. Desperate times call for desperate humor. lol
- I hope they give us two weeks’ notice before sending us back out into the real world. I think we’ll all need the time to become ourselves again.
- And by “ourselves” I mean lose 10 pounds, cut our hair, and get used to not drinking at 9:00 a.m.
- New monthly budget: Gas $0, Entertainment $0, Clothes $0, Groceries $2,799.
- Breaking News: Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to stop COVID-19, but to stop eating.
- When this quarantine is over, let’s not tell some people.
- Not to brag, but I haven’t been late to anything in over 8 weeks.
- It may take a village to raise a child, but I swear it’s going to take a vineyard to home school one.
- You know those car commercials where there’s only vehicle on the road? Doesn’t seem so unrealistic these days.
- They may open things up next month — I’m staying in until July to see what happens to you all first.
- Day 56: The garbage man placed an AA flyer on my recycling bin.
- People keep asking: “Is coronavirus REALLY all that serious?” Listen y’all, the churches and casinos are closed.
- When heaven and hell agree on the same thing, it’s probably pretty serious.
- Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask and ask for money.
- I am home schooling. The first day I tried to get this kid transferred out of my class.
- Putting a drink in each room of my house today and calling it a pub crawl.
- Okay, so the schools are closed. Do we drop the kids off at the teacher’s house?
God’s peace and blessings to you all. As always, if there is anything Pastor Brian or I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to call on us phone email or phone.
*Reminder: Coffee and Colloquy with Pastor Brian. Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Use the following link to participate. Coffee and Colloquy with Pastor Brian
The direct link to Sunday’s worship service is on Youtube at this URL, and it will also appear at 9:30 am on May 24 on First’s Facebook page:
King David said, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing” (2 Samuel 24:24). David knew the importance of giving God something meaningful or of value. David felt that his giving should cost him something. When we give sacrificially, as David did, we understand that it has less to do with how much we give than how much we give up. To give sacrificially means that we give something we love to something we love even more. For example, we value our money, but we value God’s love for us even more.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, you are the source of all good things. Daily we receive your love, mercy, and grace. Change our hearts so that we may become loving and giving people. Help us, Lord, to overcome our selfishness. We pray for the strength to give you our first and best. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Blessings on your Stewardship Journey!
Readings for Next Sunday, May 31st
Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13
John 20: 19-23