Celebrating What We Have
I know it. I'm an old-fashioned geek. I'm sentimental. I'm behind the times. And I like it!
I enjoy watching The Waltons on television. The Waltons program depicts the lives of the family Walton, the extended family and the seven children. The show is set in the Depression of the 1930's. As I watch I am making connections between those times and our present situation. Here is what I observe:
The Waltons get by with what they have. They may want more but survive and even thrive amid scarcity.
Times are hard. There is much satisfaction and growth for the individuals and for the family in overcoming situations.
Through every challenge they have each other. They gather together, show affection freely, and welcome others into the family circle.
These days of COVID present challenges, many similar to the challenges during the Depression:
We may not be able to purchase every product we believe we need or want, but we can get by with alternatives.
These times are also hard in many ways. Our faith and creativity empower us to overcome finding new ways to achieve things.
Virus, famine, storm, and pestilence cannot separate us from one another and from God. We cannot gather our friends or extended families around a dinner table for a meal and conversation. We cannot gather one and all in worship. In many situations we cannot support one another in person. We cannot freely show affection to our loved ones. BUT, we have each other as a church family AND nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (taken freely from Romans 8.38-39)
Let's celebrate what we have.
All Saint's Day November 1
The first Sunday in November, this year on All Saints Day, we pause and remember those of our members and friends who have passed on to the other side of eternity. The names of those submitted to the church office will be remembered in the November first service.
Please send the names of your loved ones and their relationship to you to the church office by noon, Wednesday, October 28th. May God bless them with his eternal presence and comfort us in our sorrow.
Pastor Joanne invites you to join us this and every Sunday morning for our live-streamed Facebook worship service at 10:30 am, preceded by 5 minutes of music for meditation to help folks get settled. Pajama attire and pets are welcome.
In-Person Worship: The Spring Creek Sanctuary is cautiously reopening to our members and friends who want to be a part of the worship service in-person. For safety, we are limiting the number that may be present at any one time; attendance is on a first come basis and we encourage calling Pastor Joanne in advance to let her know your intention to attend. Seating is assigned to designated areas maintaining safe distancing. Masks must always be worn. Worshipers should plan to be seated by 10:25, the time we begin filming the live service broadcast. Copies of our Order of Worship are available on the stand by the sanctuary double doors. Pastor Joanne has more information.
God Is Still Speaking,
Let's listen together.