"If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." - 1 Corinthians 12:26 It's been a hard and difficult week. Hurricane Laura. Presidential campaigns. Pandemic. Protests sparked by violence, which led to more violence. The news is noisy. The internet is loud. In the midst of it all, I hope y'all are taking time to break free from the noise. I hope you're taking time to be still and pray. My prayers have been heavy this past week. In particular, I've been praying for those who are hurting - southern neighbors trying to rebuild homes in the wake of a hurricane - parents trying to juggle the need to work and stay home with young


"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will hope in the LORD. I will be joyful in God my Savior." - Habakkuk 3:17-18 The prophet Habakkuk (who has a very hard name to spell) paints a bleak picture. Fruitless trees and vines. Failed crops and barren fields. Sheep and cattle missing from their pens and stalls. For people living in ancient times, this was about a bleak a picture as you could paint. And yet, the prophet writes, "I will hope in the LORD." Even when times are bad and things could not get worse, Habakkuk declare

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"God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble." - Psalm 46:1 The alarms were loud and piercing. They came on my phone. They blared around the community. Trouble was coming. Be ready. Be alert. When I turned on the news, I understood what was coming. It was a long line of storms heading quickly toward our area. Grab a cell phone. Get a flashlight. Gather the family. Go to the basement. Thirty minutes later, the storm had passed. While we didn't have much damage in Minooka, there was serious damage in other communities. We've all seen the images of downed trees and power lines - streets and driveways blocked by debris. While storms like these damage our

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Oct. 2020 Newsletter

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