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WEDNESDAY MUSINGS FROM PASTOR REED — March 25, 2020

My brothers and sisters in Christ, I hope this finds you doing well in different circumstances. I hate being cooped up and locked up during this time as I’m sure many of you do as well. A couple of things for all of us to do will help us as we endure this pandemic.


Let’s be sure to PRAY for one another during this time. Being cooped up is a challenge for many of us. Working from home and homeschooling during this time is a new experience for many of you. So, let’s pray for our parents who are facing some new challenges and learning some new skills. Let’s pray for those working from home and getting used to the challenges that situation presents. Let’s pray for those who have lost their jobs during this time and are wondering what the future holds for them. Let’s be in prayer for all those who are on the front lines of this pandemic, like nurses and doctors, EMTs, first responders, truck drivers, grocery clerks, food establishment workers, nursing home employees, and so many others who are trying to do their jobs and take care of themselves at the same time. And, hey, I’m praying for a cure for this thing to die down and go away!


Let’s check on one another. I’m trying to keep up with some of you, but there’s no way I can do it all. So, what would happen if we just called people from our church family (and those not from our church family) and checked on them? Don’t email or use Facebook, but call those people on the phone. Ask them how they are doing, how others in their family are doing, what are their needs, how you can remember them in prayer (and perhaps even pray together over the phone), and encourage one another. Remind each other to be in prayer for the church as we seek to be in ministry during this time. By the way, we have people who have volunteered to help with getting prescriptions and groceries. If this is something you need yourself or you know someone who needs it, call the church office (317-745-2504) and leave a message. We will return your call and coordinate matching you with a volunteer for your errands. Thank you to those individuals who have offered to be volunteers!

This is a very difficult and trying time for all of us, but we will get through it, and we will get through it together. This is the time for the church to be the church, to care for one another, pray for one another, and help one another. This is the time to be a witness to the grace, strength, and love of Jesus Christ to one another and to those around us, by how we live and act during this time. Let’s strive to trust in God and ask God for the strength and courage to reflect Christ to others each day. In fact, let’s not only “shelter in place”, but let’s “shelter in faith and trust and hope”.

Blessings to you and peace be with you in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Jeff Reed

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