MAY 2022

Christ is Risen! He Has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

We have often heard,  “April showers bring May flowers” . Here it is almost Easter and the rain doesn’t seem to stop – it does beat snow. The Easter season is the foil(death defeated by grace) to Lent. Lent teaches us to prepare for the resurrection. Easter teaches us how to live in a post-resurrection world – we are a worshiping community that cultivates prayer, praise and thanksgiving for a risen Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. We are a community receiving the means of grace with thankful and joyful hearts, knowing that the Lord has done great things for us.

Speaking of great things and a joyful heart – Becka and I are so thankful for our church, St. Matthew has supported, loved and prayed for us during April as I endured a heart blockage @ 90%. We praise God for his love, protection, grace and mercy in guiding the surgeon’s hands as he so gently opened the main artery and inserted a stent. We didn’t miss a beat ( no pun intended) as Pastors Younger & Scheidt stepped right in to fill the gaps, Alicia helped with our children during children’s message and many others took on additional responsibilities to keep things running smoothly at St.  Matthew – Thank You! We are truly blessed by everyone of you and thank God for you in our lives. I did ask if we got a 25 year warranty on this stent as the previous one lasted 17 years and he simply laughed and did not answer. I guess that means No!

Rebecca and I will get away for a week in FL the first week of May, dropping my mother back at my younger brother’s home in GA, then on to rest at Sanibel Island. The highlights of our days will be  filled with shelling, library book crawls and  swimming with the dolphins and manatees in the ocean – now that’s relaxing.  May God continue to bless our awesome  congregation and continue to feed your faith through our Word & Sacrament ministries at St. Matthew. Blessed Easter Season to you all!

In Christ,
Pastor Kelly

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