One of my mother's last wishes was for Billy and me to take a trip to Spain after her death. Mom traveled to the same hotel on the Costa del Sol (the Mediterranean coast) for 16 years in a row; she even stayed in the same room every year! She acquired a community of friends who also traveled to that area every year at the same time. Mom wanted us to have some time to rest and to meet up with her friends, some of whom we have already met and have grown to love. We will be taking some of Mom's ashes, getting together with her friends to share pictures and stories and remembering her in her favorite of all the places she visited in her extensive travels.
I will be leaving on Tuesday, January 17 and returning Wednesday, February 15. While I am gone, Pastor Kathleen Miko will be preaching and presiding at two joint services: on Sunday, January 29 at 10:30 am at Zion and on Sunday, February 5 at 10:30 am at St. Mark. Services on January 22 and February 12 will be at the regular places and times and will be led by members. Local Lutheran pastors have agreed to be available if there are any emergencies or people in the hospital while I'm gone. Bill Gardner and Marty Holliday will be able to get in touch with one of those pastors if you need him or her. You will be notified by our new system if weather causes any changes to the worship schedule.
Thank you for this time of healing and rest. I am hoping to return refreshed and ready to begin the season of Lent with renewed energy and purpose.
I am asking again if there is anyone who is available to sit with a woman who is in treatment for Lyme disease. It could be a one-time request and would not require any medical care; she simply feels she will do better with the treatment if she has some company in the evenings. Please let me know if you are able to do this. The treatment will begin next week.
Great news! Debbie DeJesus' brain surgery on Monday went well and she is coming home today! Please keep her in your prayers as she continues to recover; she will be staying at her children's homes during this time.
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." - John 13:34 .
we are each other's harvest:
we are each other's
we are each other's
magnitude and bond. - Gwendolyn Brooks