Weekly View From Da Pews
October 01, 2021
A Prayer for Connection
God, for many of us, this past year was filled with isolation. Despite technological advances, we watched relationships change and drift apart—and we grieved the loss.
But God, we know You can redeem what’s broken. You care about community, and You created us for connection. And, You also gave us Your Holy Spirit who understands what we are facing and prays on our behalf. So when we feel alone, please remind us that You are near—and that You’re not done working.
Re-establish our relationships and show us how to make meaningful connections—even if it feels uncomfortable at first.
Ultimately, we want our loneliness to lead us closer to You and to the people that You’ve called us to love and support. So take our isolation, our disconnection, our social anxiety, and our fear—and turn it into something beautiful that draws the world closer to You and to each other.
In Jesus’ name,
As we enter into our new church year, it is more important than ever, that we reach out to each other and lend our support and a helping hand. We had so hoped that this year would be different, that this covid thing would be going away for good—not so. So please, be kinder, be more respectful, be more considerate of each other and do what you can to ease others fears and concerns.
Yellow Bag Sunday—did you remember? Two years ago today my Dottie passed away and it would be most fitting that we remember her on this her last Sunday. She worked so hard to bring about this “yellow Bag” project and all the hope that it gives to people in need. Please, let us flood the alter area with yellow bags in her memory.
The next item is for “Men only”!
I am including two items for “men only” in this weekly update. The first one is posted below, the second one is an attachment. Each week I will post another of the 10 ways to know you are a successful father.
“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” (Ruth E. Renkel) There is not one single path to successful parenting. All fathers are not created equal in method nor in standards. What sets a successful father apart from the pack is passion for his duty and the ability to love unconditionally. Possession of these two traits is the common denominator in all successful parents. The following can be considered one of the 10 “greatest hits” of an awesome Dad.
#1 Real communication! Talking is the most valuable tool in a father’s tool belt. Conversation is information and information is understanding. Serious, funny, or totally random. Every conversation had with your child is invaluable to you as a parent. Know your child better than they know themselves. Then tailor your guidance towards that knowledge.
Regarding the item that I have attached for ‘Men Only”. I am a member of the Lutheran Men in Mission Task Force for our synod and I am on the staff for our “One Year Too Live” retreats. The article that I have attached will give you some idea of what to expect if you should choose to attend our next retreat in 2022 at the Mackenzie center in Poynette. Do you wish for a better life? Do you want a closer walk with Christ? Do you want a closer relationship with your wife and children? Than plan to attend next year’s retreat on September23,24 and 25. You can contact me anytime for more info.
Mark your calendars for October 12 at 6:30pm. That is ‘ALL Committee” night and it would be great to see you there, joining a committee and helping to guide your church.
I think I have said enough for this week. I hope to see all of you this Sunday along with you “yellow Bag” full of needed items.
William, a Disciple of Christ
Christianity, in its purest form, is nothing more than seeing Jesus.
Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing more than imitating Him who we see.
To see His Majesty and to imitate Him, that is the sum of Christianity!