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March 30, 2020 – “Who’s On First?”

March 30, 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers, A lot of my favorite movies, books, and plays are comedies.  When things get difficult, there is something really healing about humor.  It is clearly a gift from God, and I am sure that it qualifies as a coping mechanism. When I was in eighth grade, decades before the internet, a few…

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March 28 “A Small Boat in a Huge Storm”

Dear Sisters and Brothers, A few months ago, I was faced with a blank wall in the pastor’s office.  I considered what art I might want to put up.  After a few weeks, I decided to put up a photograph of a French chapel that my mother loved, and also a print of a Rembrandt painting that expressed something…

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March 27 “Speaking to the Gardener”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The word from around the congregation is that people are doing pretty well.  It is important that we all keep talking to each other.  Christ is at work in our congregation, but when we reach out to others Christ is working through us. It is too early to quote any Easter passages, but what I…

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March 26 – There is a Plan

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is a beautiful day with sunlight showing on grass that is turning green once again.  It is spring according to my calendar, but we all know that spring shows up later in Minnesota than most other places.  Lake Auburn is losing its ice, but the last bits of winter may hold on for a…

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March 23 “Care and Feeding”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We have seen those little books that you find in libraries, pet stores, and department stores.  They have titles like “The Care and Feeding of Guinea Pigs” or “Taking Care of Your Tropical Fish.”  I remember enjoying books like that in the little library we had at my elementary school.  They broke down the task…

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March 21 “Itching Ears Want to Hear”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is another beautiful day.  In talking to people from the congregation, things seem to be sailing pretty smoothly.  Everyone seems to have gotten the idea of social distancing down.  The main way of coping is to talk or text people on the phone.  You are sheltered, you have food, and you have ways for…

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St. Patrick’s Day update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope that you are coping well on this very unusual St. Patrick’s day. Announcement:  Sunday services at the church are officially suspended for the next few weeks.  We will let you know when they are to resume.  This also applies to the Lenten evening meals and programs.  Throughout this time, my intention is to…

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Letter from Pastor Rick 3/16/2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I recently heard that the city of Philadelphia was one of the places hardest hit by the 1918 flu pandemic.  This seems odd to me, because my Scottish Presbyterian grandmother and Mennonite grandfather never spoke about it.  Grandad (Jacob Newswanger) was 21 years old and a worker at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyards, and Granny (Annetta…

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