March 10, 2020

Exodus 16:19-20
And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it [the bread God provided the Israelites in the desert] over until morning.” But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them.

Reflection: Sometimes the task to satiate our neighbors’ hunger seems insurmountable, especially when we learn the real numbers of those suffering in our midst. So, when the task is so large, what can we do?
     One solution among many is very counter-intuitive in our capitalistic society: Exodus 16:19-20. Society teaches us that what we have, we earned, and to hold on to it vigorously. From our money to our possessions and our food we are trained to keep what we have, and more. But, as we see here, when we hold onto things that could be a blessing for our neighbor it spoils and can even increase disease in us.
     This Lent, I encourage you to reassess what you may be holding onto that God could use to feed your neighbor. What are you hoarding that is keeping you from serving God?

Prayer: Holy God, help me let go of my selfishness that I may bless my neighbor. Amen.

-Pastor John Sipf

OUTDOOR WORSHIP CANCELLED
DUE TO PEORIA HEALTH ADVISORY
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