A Pastor’s Perspective 11-23-2021

Saturday was a bittersweet day in the life of our family. We celebrated and praised the Lord for the life of my sister-in-law, Angie Herrmann. As with most funerals, we experienced both the joy of heaven and the sorrow of knowing we won’t see Angie again on this earth.

This week Brett (Angie’s husband and my twin) and his family experienced the truth of Paul’s words found in 2 Corinthians 1:3. Paul writes, “Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”

God provided His comfort to our family through you. Thank you.

Angie’s son, Nathan, spoke at the service. He did a marvelous job sharing about his mom. He spoke of how she used to rub his and Rachael’s backs each night. After Nathan spoke he returned to his seat, bowed his head and cried. Then you could see the hand of his daughter reach over, and lovingly rub her father’s back. We need to take time to “rub each other’s back” and comfort one another.
This year, we want to “rub the backs” of our congregation, tech team, staff and those who will bring the Singing Christmas Tree to life in a little over a week. This has been a difficult year for us all. While the “Tree” is wonderful, it is also exhausting. To make this season less hectic, we are going to make a slight change to several of our upcoming services.

We will have combined services on December 5, December 26 and January 2. They will be at 10am and we will not be having Sunday School those weeks. We added December 5 as a combined service to provide a break specifically for “Tree” participants; and especially for the tech team who will have two presentations of the tree later in the day.

If you haven’t obtained your “Tree” tickets, get them now!

Your fellow back scratcher, Bruce