On Sunday, Mark will continue walking through the book of Philippians in our Joy/ FULL series, with Triage Your Trouble. Paul knew that his trouble couldn’t steal his joy. Paul has so much to teach us as we lean into this powerful letter. I want to encourage you again to spend some time on your own with Philippians. And if you are on vacation, take your Bible with you and follow along with us – online for worship but also reading on your own.
Some things take longer than we want. I’ve been at physical therapy three times this week. And I’m making progress with the range of motion of my broken and now, healing arm. As I did my exercises today, I was thinking about my gradual progress and our gradual return – slower than we want – of worshipping in person. The teams continue to work and anticipate a late Summer return to worship. We are working hard to ensure a good and safe experience for worshippers in-person as well as a connected and quality experience for those who will still be worshipping on-line. Continue to pray for these teams, with their expertise, as they guide us back together in the coming days.
It seems almost impossible that we are in the last days of June. Next week, Mark and I will move our son, John down to Atlanta to begin his studies at Emory Medical School. After our trip down to Atlanta, I will begin my summer study leave. I will not be preaching for the next few weeks as I begin to turn my prayer and study to planning sermons and series for the next church year. I will bury myself in scripture and books and think and pray. As I pray, I will see your faces and think about your stories. As I pray, I will marvel at God’s faithfulness and our church’s story and where God is leading us. As I pray, I will begin to choose the texts and topics we will explore together from September 2020 all the way to June 2021. Please pray for me and for our congregation. It is such a privilege to be your pastor – now for 4 years.
Finally, a word of thanks. I am so grateful for your faithfulness in this strategic season. You have continued to give to support our mission. I’m humbled by your generosity and our partnership in ministry here in the Lehigh Valley and around the world.
One reminder….if you are able, please help us meet our goal for our Summer Food Initiative. This week we heard from Pastor Mauro in Costa Rica thanking you for partnering to serve their community. Here is a part of his message:
Well, all the bags are now ready to be given and as you can see there is chlorine, hand soap, tuna, different sauces, pasta, rice, beans, sugar, cooking oil, flour, salt and of course the Word of God for the families. The Church, Iglesia Biblica Conce-Sion Monte de Dios, will provide 70 bags. Month after month we are present (we make ourselves present). About 100 to 110 families benefit from this humanitarian help bags project.
May God bless you and keep you dear family. We gave out yesterday 70 bags and next Monday we will give 26 more, God is good.
Click here to see the video of their food and bible distribution.
Click here for more information or to make your gift to our Summer Food Initiative partnering with our friends in Costa Rica and our friends at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter.
See you Sunday in our virtual lobby. Your pastor and friend,
Dr. Marnie Crumpler