Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I write this on Thursday, May 26. Our nation is once again heartbroken over the senseless massacre of nineteen children and two of their teachers in their school building in Uvalde, TX. And it was just last May 14, that ten people were gunned down while shopping for groceries. I have no answers and no words of wisdom except to remind us that God is amid all that heartache.
Last May 5, we lost our friend Dorothy Downie and she has left some big shoes to fill. Dorothy was our Study Table Leader on Council and without leadership soon, I fear another summer will go by without VBS (Vacation Bible School) and we will not be prepared to teach the faith to our children in the fall in Sunday School. Please be open to the Spirit if you are asked to help.
COVID-19 subsided for several weeks but is now on the increase again. Just when I thought we might return to a new level of normal, it resurfaces. And now we can add monkeypox to our list of invisible health concerns.
And while all that is bad news, I have Good News! We are not abandoned to face all this by ourselves. On the weekend of June 5, we celebrate the Day of Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit came to the apostles and inspired the birth of the Church. Jesus Christ our Lord promised that that same Holy Spirit dwells in all believers. The Holy Spirit is a driving force that reminds us of what Jesus taught but also inspires us with what Jesus would do if he was in our situation. We have nothing to fear because Jesus said he is with us always, to the end of the age.
On Sunday, May 22, we congratulated several of our youths who are graduating from high school this year: Allie Beniston, Zachary Chizmar, Meghan Crump, Alexis Davis, Brooke Gerst, Sarah Mook, Olivia Garland, Olivia Leskovac, and Victoria Cline. And on June 5, the Day of Pentecost, we will confirm the faith of three youths: Danny Chaplow, Riley Michaliszyn, and Malena Jennings.
We are calling this edition of Eye On Zion, the Summer Edition, and we have tried, as best we are able, to keep you informed about the goings-on in and around Zion for the next three months. Admittedly, summer is usually our slow time. Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic and now monkeypox and we shall see how we do. But know this, you are loved and missed. We certainly appreciate your financial faithfulness, but more than that we miss you. Please come to worship when you can.
With you on the journey of faith,
The Rev. Duane A. Jesse, Pastor
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