It’s been that kind of week - sorry for the delay.
“Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.’” This section of Matthew’s gospel was part of last Sunday’s gospel lesson. Over the past week, I’ve heard many comments about the idea of forgiveness and Jesus’ lofty expectations of how we are to forgive one another. You can see how I addressed the issue in the attached sermon. Not that I have the inside line on forgiveness; I’m as perplexed and challenged by it as anyone else. As I've thought about it these last few days and looked at examples in my own life, I've realized a couple of things: forgiveness is a journey that God travels with us and God can open doors that we cannot; and God forgives us for not being able to forgive. Imagine that!
Billy and I will be leaving after worship tomorrow for vacation and will return on September 29; I’ll be back in the office on Wednesday, October 1. Pastor Paul Hinlicky will preach and preside at both churches on September 28. If you need pastoral care while I’m away, please let Marty Holliday (email@example.com; 745-6231) or Bill Gardner (firstname.lastname@example.org; 789-7946) know and they will be able to contact another local pastor.
"Making It in Floyd County"
The Social Justice Committee is hosting a 6 week financial literacy class on Tuesday evenings in the fellowship hall of Zion Lutheran Church called "Making It in Floyd County". The target audience has been referred from New River Community Action, and Plenty!, as people in our community who could use some additional support. Young Life is providing childcare in exchange for a donation for their annual camp trip. Each week we are covering a different topic including; goal setting, cooking from scratch, budgeting, educational / workforce development resources, weatherization, family celebrations, and learning about local resources. Also, each week a meal is prepared and the ingredients for that meal is provided to the family so that they can create the meal again at home. The intention is to "share the love of Christ" through relationship. Please contact anyone in the Zion social justice committee (Beth Deskins, Chair) for more information or call Kamala at (540) 392-4382.
Congratulations to Rebbecca, Ethan and Gavin Jackson as they prepare for the sacrament of Holy Baptism tomorrow at Zion!
Yours in Christ,