From the Pastor

February 2016

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor.

Our invitation into the disciplines of Lent includes this sentence which reminds us of our journey back to our life as a disciple of Jesus, and away from the power which strives to separate us from him.  This is a common theme over history. But how do we respond?

Having a renewed desire to engage Jesus in our private devotion and public worship, as referenced in the cover article, leads us into our public ministry of witness and service, which promotes a life of the love of God and neighbor. We’re going to hear lots of words this year out there in the public sector, and by our focus on the teachings and mercy of Jesus, we will be able to distinguish between the power of God and the power of evil.

So I commend to you to strive to participate as much as possible in our worships times during Lent, and later in Holy Week, leading to Easter. Experiencing the entire season of Lent will help you clarify your personal witness and support this congregation as we engage in our mission to the world.

As an example of your gracious ministry, I want to sincerely thank you very much for your prayers, cards and support as I recover from shoulder surgery. While I am still waiting to be completely free of pain, I can tell that will happen in the near future. I am anxious to be back with you for all of our future adventures. I am very grateful for your help.

Clifton D. Eshbach,