COVID-19 Updates From Pastor Kim
Beloved St. John’s Community:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
Our number one concern is the health and well-being –spiritually, physically and mentally – of the St. John’s community. Out of an abundance of love and caution, we have chosen to temporarily postpone worship services and gatherings at the church. The events we had scheduled for March will be postponed and scheduled for a later date. While in this present time there are calls for “physical” distancing, know that we will stay connected to one another as a church community.
I will work to share weekly messages in lieu of church service and along with Council members, will remain in contact during this time. When resources or updates are available, we will share those with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time, as I am here for each of you and will be working diligently to explore new creative ways for us to “Be the Church” and continue in community with one another despite the challenges of our physical distance from one another. I can be reached at 708-447-0309 or email at kvasko (AT) lyonsucc.org.
A favorite prayer of mine that you may have heard before from the great theologian (and Elmhurst College grad) Reinhold Niebuhr, feels particularly appropriate for this time –Let us pray together in spirit: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that God will make all things right if I surrender to God’s will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with our Creator forever in the next. ~ Amen.
Be well, Do good –Beloved, Love one another always,
ABOUT St. John’S UCC
At St. John’s we are actively trying to learn how to BE the Church of Jesus Christ, not just a church building.
Together we aim to follow the leadership of Jesus and make the church a source of help and hope, justice and compassion, education and dialogue in the Lyons and surrounding communities by sharing God’s love of neighbor, children, creation.
This is a time of change and revitalization for St. John’s and we invite you to join us on this comfort-busting, life-giving, spirit-growing, mind-opening journey of Christian faith as we work to create a just world for all! For more information visit: www.lyonsucc.org or visit: The United Church of Christ: www.ucc.org
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At St. John's we are actively trying to learn how to be THE church of Jesus Christ, not just a church building. We want to follow the leadership of Jesus and make the church a source of help and hope, justice and compassion, education and dialogue in the Lyons and surrounding communities. This is a time of change and uncertainty for St. John's and we invite you to join us on this comfort-busting, life-giving, spirit-growing, mind-opening journey of Christian faith. The United Church of Christ: www.ucc.org
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We may not be able to gather in person this year, but we know that God's love for us remains. We are here for a time such as this. We are stronger than we have ever been. The video features the faces of volunteers and staff who were helping to plan NYE2020. . "Together We're Strong" is written and performed by Tracy Howe Wispelwey. Instrumental performance and production are by Aaron Strumpel. It is mastered by David Wilton.