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Weekly Contact- April 13, 2018

Hello there,

First of all, I am doing well, thank you.  As most of you know I had the first of my knee replacement surgeries a week and a half ago.  I am feeling pretty good and moving around quite well.  I have started physical therapy which is rather demanding.  However, I still am in the recovery stage, so I will not be able to be in church on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Pastor Beth has a key role in a Presbytery adult mission trip to help folks in Houston, TX, rebuild after last summer’s hurricane.  She will be leaving tomorrow, Saturday, along with a dozen or so others from around the Presbytery, spending a week doing what they can to offer some comfort and assistance.  This trip was originally planned for another time slot that would not have been so near to my surgery, but due to some unforeseen circumstances it had to be rescheduled. 

So, I am pleased to let you know that for the next two Sundays, the Rev. Dr. Connie Peake will be preaching.  Connie is a retired PCUSA pastor who has been worshipping with us for a few years now, and singing in our choir.  She has served churches in Iowa and Wisconsin before she moved here to the Marion area to be close to her daughter and grandchildren.  Her text for this Sunday is the familiar 23rd Psalm, and her sermon title is “Which Wolf Are You Feeding?”  Pastor Nancy Redman will be assisting in the liturgy in the first service and Elder Marta Pumroy will be assisting in the second service.

There are just a few other things going on that I want to be sure you know about.  The church office will be closed on this coming Monday, April 16.  And two items that I would like you to put on your calendar. 

First, next Saturday, April 21st, First Light Christian Fellowship will hold another of their “Potbless” events at the River of Life Church in Cedar Rapids.  Bring a dish to share; meat will be provided.  The meal starts at 5:00 followed by worship at 6:00

Second, we have rescheduled our spring clean-up day for Saturday, April 28th at 9:00.  Bring rakes, brooms, blowers, etc., to help clean up the parking lot and church grounds.  Many hands make light work.

Thank you for all your prayers, patience, and understanding as I recover. 

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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