September 2020

Post date: Aug 27, 2020 6:55:48 PM

Dear People of God,

It’s a strange time to be the church, but we are still the church. “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” I Corinthians 12:28

I hope you had some rest and relaxation time this summer. I give thanks for some vacation time, even if it was partially “stay-cation”. And let me thank Warren Street and Michael Goerger for preaching while I was away and Christine Rice for keeping the church office going.

The Hickman’s never left the state, but I did enjoy many hikes in our mountains, a 3 day back pack trip alone and an overnight back pack with Kyle to Spectacle Lake. I also enjoyed some kayaking with my brother Brian at Lake Kachess and a good 3 day visit with my Mom in Pasco. I also got some things done around the home front like staining the deck and cleaning the carpets. Cathy is recovering well from her surgeries. We were in Spokane several times for those and enjoyed visits with her Mom while there. Cathy continues physical therapy on her thumb. Hopefully by Novemberish she will have full use of her hand again.

We are lucky at First Lutheran that we have been able to have in-person worship all summer. Many congregations in other communities are not doing so yet. Most Sundays there are about 20-30 people in the sanctuary and many more worshipping with us through the radio and zoom. I give special thanks to Jim Stolte and crew for operating the sound system and to Chuck Boss for doing the Zoom part. Many folks within and outside of our congregation have sent notes of thanks expressing gratitude for us continuing these important outreach methods.

I’m guessing we will have more folks for in-person worship come September? But I’m not pressuring anyone. Do what is comfortable for you. Thank you all for your generous financial support of FLC! Our sanctuary can hold about 50 people if we are all physically distancing. Fifty is the limit right now for houses of worship our size anyhow. Our wonderful music director Betty Kramlich and myself and others have already talked about having an early Sunday service in the fellowship hall if the need arises: say 8:30 or so. There’s a piano and we can sit at tables. That way we are using different space than the 10am worship service. Time will tell if this is needed.

Meanwhile, life with face masks goes on. The quilters have been meeting all summer. Gardeners Ida Malde, Bea Fairburn and Doreen Day keep the flower beds beautiful. Men’s prayer lunches still meet. The women’s Bible study met through July, took August off and will start up again in September. My Thursday 9am prayer Bible study group took some weeks off (someone was on vacation), but resumed August 20th. Confirmation classes will start up again with an information night on Wed. Sept 16. I think we can meet in person with masks on. The fellowship hall is big enough so that each student can have his/her own table. Families, please let me know if you are comfortable with this or not. Our weekend nutrition program for hungry school kids starts up again soon. Thanks to Judy Ragland for leading this.

It’s a strange time we are living in with this epidemic. We pray for all students and families and educators starting up a difficult school year. We pray for all who suffer with the virus, all who have lost loved ones, and all who are working hard on vaccines.

It’s a strange time to be the church, but we are still the church: the body of Christ.

Stay safe everyone. Christ is with you.

Peace in Jesus, Pastor Dennis