“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” (Matt 7:7)
UPHELD BY PRAYER
Into all lives some rain must fall, and while I am your servant/pastor, now I am going through a rough time, and I am seeking the help of God and your support. I did not realize the serious problems of our relationship until David and I had been married. We will be getting a divorce.
We are church together, and although any one of us may find ourselves in a failed relationship, and we are not perfect (by any means), the church’s mission continues as we praise God, follow his word, and minister to all God’s people. I am focused mainly on this ministry with you.
I am receiving lots of support and love. Thank you for your understanding. These words have meant so much: “I’ll keep you in my prayers.” Prayer works; God answers prayers; We believe this. I have been in touch with Bishop Allende, and he is a very good pastor to me, offering compassion, kindness, and support.
Throughout this time, I have especially felt covered in prayer. I have felt many prayers surrounding me, and people’s love and faith encouraging me; God has been close. When we reach out to Him, God opens a door in front of us, and for me, it’s like passing over a threshold. Many things fall into place as God guides me—not necessarily as I expected, but God’s perfect guidance sets me on the right path, time after time. Prayer and God keep me moving forward in my life. God is the one who leads us forward in faith.
I thank you for your prayers for me and for David. God is faithful and answers prayer. Let us pray for one another in bad times and in good times. St Paul wrote, in 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18: “See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Pastor Ann Marie Perkins
NURSERY HELPERS: On Sunday, July 7, there will be a brief meeting of all nursery helpers after worship (11:45 am) to discuss matters pertaining to childcare. How is it going? Are we needing to change or improve anything?
CELEBRATE GRAND-FAMILIES: “Celebrate Grand-families” is a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren. St. Paul is reaching out to support these families with Christian compassion and a place to meet and discuss their needs. We now have 17 families who participate, and more are welcome, if you know of anyone who would fit in. While the women meet, we will have crafts, games, bible stories, snacks, help with homework, tutoring, and a fun social time for children. Church members are needed to help with the children. Sessions in July will be on Saturdays, July 13 and 27, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Please contact Brenda Ceplecci or Pastor Perkins to help.
STEADY STEPS: On Wednesday, July 31, Lauren Flauto of Shepherd of the Valley will be bringing a complimentary lunch and program to us at St. Paul Lutheran Church to introduce seniors to Steady Steps – a fall prevention program to assist you in being safe. Steady Steps is a new Fall Prevention program to help improve your balance and quality of life. This 4 week program takes place in the privacy of your home and participants have access to physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, and pharmacists. One hundred percent of participants who have completed the program feel steadier and less worried about falling. Let Shepherd of the Valley improve your quality of life and keep you more “steady” on your feet. After the luncheon, you may want to make arrangements for Shepherd to come out to your house. The cost of the in-home program is covered by Medicare. The lunch is, of course, free of charge. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you would like to come to the luncheon.