Life is full of comparisons which can be a positive or a negative. As Pastor Chad and I talked last week about Facebook Live and so many options of watching more than just your home church, it’s easy to compare and judge what others are doing or not doing. I continue to enjoy our worship service via Facebook Live and am so thankful we have that as a good option at this point. It’s been fun to see how our technology has enabled us to have better sound quality and duel screens. Social media can be such a good thing, as I believe it is for our church at this time.

     I can now say “I AM A GRANDMA!”. Mia Janet Royer was born on Sunday, May 24 to our daughter Megan and her husband, Dalton.  At this writing I still have not actually met Mia, only from 6-10 feet away as the doctor suggests no visitors for 30 days or actually longer now.  Thankfully we have seen pictures and videos and heard her cry and coo, but for something so anticipated as holding your grandchild is, this is very sad. We respect the doctors and will do anything to keep her safe. Which takes me to Facebook again.  I am currently off of Facebook (except for Facebook Live for our church). I found myself scrolling for no reason and much of what I was seeing was quite negative. But my main reason was that I would see other grandma’s holding their newborn grandbabies and it would make me sad. I would find myself feeling jealous and envious. I even messaged one of them to find out what their doctor had told them about visitors and they said the doctor had suggested no visitors but they weren’t going to do that. That made me very anxious and sad for the care of the baby.  I made the decision that I didn’t need jealousy and envy or anxiety and sadness caused by social media in my life.

     This took me to looking up Bible verses about comparisons and envy. Ironically the one that popped out to me is actually Megan’s favorite verse about the fruits of the spirit. Galatians 5:22-25 “But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires. The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives. We must not be proud or irritate one another or be jealous of one another.”  I too love this verse for its positivity. I hope when I do get to hold our new grandbaby, that she feels the love and joy and kindness and patience. Now without doing any comparisons, we will welcome grandbaby #2 to our family in January 2021! Yes, our daughter Rachel and husband, Matt are expecting! The Adams family baby boom is for real! This grandma is hopeful that holding grandbabies will also be real.

Youth Summer “Mission”: Friday, July 17 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. our youth are invited to come to the church parking lot to rake rocks out of the grass. Bring hard rakes (not leaf rakes) and wheelbarrows if you have them. Wear gloves and bring your own water bottle/drinks. We won’t be going in the church so please use the restroom before arriving. We will keep our distance as much as possible and wear masks if you want. Scott DeJong is bringing some 5 gallon buckets to put the rock in. When we are done, Sharoll and Hal are providing a light meal that we will enjoy!

Flat Jesus: All of our families were sent Flat Jesus back in the spring. Is Flat Jesus hanging out with you and your family?  Have you been taking him on your walks or does he join you for breakfast?  Take pictures on how Jesus is in your lives and send to the church so we can post them on our Facebook page and on our screens for worship. If anyone else would like your own Flat Jesus, let us know and we will get one to you.

Help our children and youth go to camp next summer! Please continue to save your cans and bottles to grow our camp funds so that we can help kids go to camp in the future. To make is easier for redeeming, please separate the cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles before you bring them to the church. The trailer will be in the parking lot on Sunday, July 12 between 8:30 a.m.-9:25 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

E.P.I.C.  (Experiencing Possibilities In Christ) Youth Group for grades 6-12

We have E.P.I.C. t-shirts for anyone, youth and adults, who would like to support our youth.  They are $10. Please let Karen know if you would like one. You can mail your payment to the church, bring it to the church during regular business hours or if you come to worship.

Sunday School teachers needed!  Our children and youth need you!!!  We don’t know what fall is going to look like and if we will be able to be back in Sunday School but if we are going to offer classes for our children and youth, then we need adults to lead them. This is a very rewarding way to serve the church. No experience needed.  Just caring, compassionate adults willing to give of their time to help our children and youth grow in their faith.  Currently one teacher is needed for the K-1 class and the 4th-5th class. We plan to offer Confirmation for our 8th-9th graders and will need leaders. Please let Karen know if you would like to serve in this way. 

Acolyte Training!  Sunday, August 2 at 10:45 a.m.  All incoming 4th graders are encouraged to attend to be trained.  Any youth grades 5th-9th are also encouraged to attend to practice, help others and refit your robes.  Some of you may have grown!  Pastor Chad will help answer your questions about why we acolyte and also how wearing robes actually has Biblical meaning and isn’t just something over your clothes. Ice Cream will be served following the training!