April 7, 2020

Matthew 25:35-36 
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.

Reflection: Several years ago, my family participated in a mission trip with Salem that took us to Washington D.C.
We volunteered at various places around the city, retirement homes, food banks, food deliveries, etc. I was struck first by the amount of food we processed at the food bank; it was so much food and it was all donated. We sorted the several tons of donated food into specific bins of like foods.
     We delivered meals and groceries to homebound people. People of all different ages and backgrounds. While I did not know their circumstances one thing was clear, these people were obviously in need and they were all extremely grateful for us, the volunteers, and what we did for them.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to always remember to care for others as you have first cared for us, sharing with others the abundance of what you have provided for us. Amen.

-Sarah Gonzales

In response to the recent Health Advisory issued by Peoria City/County Health Department describing rising levels of COVID cases and concerns, the planned outdoor worship service has been cancelled. Worship will still take place live at 6pm, but with worship leadership only. It will be recorded and available for viewing by 8am on Sunday, July 26.
This decision is not taken lightly but very seriously as we strive to follow health officials recommendations and cautions. We do this because we love one another and want what’s best for one another. In this time of pandemic, that means refraining from indoor as well as outdoor gatherings of larger sized groups.

The drive by farewell for Kristen will still take place on Sunday beginning at 10:30am as we will remain in our cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Pastor Craig
Craig Swenson, Senior Pastor