Pastor Wayne Derber
Phone: 815-570-2088 (home) 815-508-3435 (cell)
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the Same
Dear Friend in Christ,
So many things are different these days. It seems very different not to have the Sandwich Fair this year. Schools, teachers, and parents are all struggling to find different ways to educate students. Businesses are trying to find different ways to serve customers. Congregations are finding different ways to worship God and serve one another. All of us are finding different ways to interact with family and friends. Yes, so many things are different these days.
Even though so many things are different in our lives, Jesus is the same as always. Jesus still loves us. Jesus still cares for us. Jesus still forgives us. Jesus still offers us peace. Jesus still comforts us. Jesus still lives with us. Thankfully, Jesus is the same as always!
Many of our church members are not currently attending our in-person worship services. I fully support those who have decided not to attend. I strongly discourage people who are in a high-risk group (such as the elderly and those with existing medical conditions) from attending until the situation improves further. Of course, as always, people who feel ill should not attend. For those who continue to stay at home on Sundays, we will continue to offer a printed at-home worship service and also a recorded worship service on YouTube.
All those who do attend our in-person worship services are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and social distance. To help with air circulation, the church windows have been open and the exhaust fan at the peak of the church has been running. Please dress according to the outside temperature. As the weather gets cooler this fall, we’ll try to keep the windows open as long as possible. Having fresh outdoor air circulate throughout our church building is an important safety factor. Those who want to visit with others are encouraged to do so outside of our church building after the worship service. We are finding different and new ways to worship God.
So many things are different in our lives these days. But, thankfully “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Your Friend in Christ,