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October 15, 2021

Thoughtful greetings, Saints.

Once again I’m in a more thoughtful (prayerful) vein as folks among us are experiencing trials and life. At least two of you are hospitalized for covid pneumonia. One has begun chemotherapy. And John Hershey is home in heaven. Please pray for our brothers and sisters as they face these circumstances. A week ago we prayed from Ecclesiastes in our Monday evening prayer. Included was this: “There is a time for everything under heaven… a time to be born and a time to die…” I believe God watches over all of us, knowing when our time will come. He will see us through. I hope that’s comforting as we all will face that time, be it sooner or later. Then, like CS Lewis writes, the story of our life, our title page and dedication, will be over and we’ll begin the grand adventure, in which each chapter is better than the previous one. I love that hope.

In the meantime, how’s your fear level? There certainly seems to be a lot of reasons to be fearful: sickness, governmental control, civil war, supply chain delays, job loss, anger and lawlessness. Did I miss anything? You know that the Bible has the phrase ‘fear not’ many times. The predominant reason to not fear is the presence of the Lord. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isa 41:10. Stay close to the Lord! When fearful, hide under the shadow of his wings.

Rick Jarmer is ready to lead us in understanding all the different English translations of the Bible in Ace, this Sunday at 9. Then in the service, Rick will speak. For those of you who don’t know, Rick was a pastor in the Portland area for over 25 years. He brings a depth of experience and insight to C3. Also in the service we’ll get to hear Jan Heins faith story. That will include some extra insight into her recent experience with Covid.

Come on down!

If you are interested in the Renovation Conference, tickets are still available at the door: convention center, 5:30, tonight.

ALSO! The deacons are having a work time at the church Saturday from 9-11am (washing, planting prepping for winter). Many hands make light work.

See you Sunday? 

Pastor Rob