Mothers day and the Holy Spirit

Dear Church Family,

So far in our “Credo” sermon series, in which we are exploring the Apostles’ Creed, we’ve talked about the first 2 persons of the Trinity – the Father and the Son. Now we come to the third person of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit. The line in the creed goes like this:

 
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
 
Not very much to work with, huh? The article in the creed about the God the Father has 12 words, the article about Jesus Christ the Son has a whopping 65 words. However, the article about the Holy Spirit only has 6 words, which is somewhere between 5 and 6 percent of the entire Apostles’ Creed. So less than 6 percent of the entire Apostles’ Creed is devoted specifically to the Holy Spirit, whom we believe is coequal and coeternal with the other 2 persons of the Godhead. As a quintessential middle child, I can’t help but ask the question, “What gives?” But as we’re going to discover, the Holy Spirit is OK with this. The Holy Spirit is OK with not getting nearly as much attention as the other 2 persons of the Trinity, particularly the Jesus Christ the Son. In the message this weekend, we’ll talk about the Holy Spirit’s role within the Godhead as well as within our lives and the broader church. I can’t wait to worship with you online on Saturday at 6:30PM or Sunday morning at 8:30AM or 10:30AM. 
I’m so thankful to our Community of Faith youth who, along with Kathy Beuttenmuller, David Stump, and some adult volunteers, have spent the last couple of weeks gleaning produce from local farms to help supply our local foodbanks.  As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to a health crisis, has had devastating economic effects, which in turn has created a number of hungry individuals and families. It’s inspiring to see our youth and their leaders step up to respond to the needs that are out there.  They are the hands and feet of Jesus!
 
Speaking of youth, we have 7 of our students graduating from high school this year, and we want to properly honor them. You’ll hear more information about how you can honor our graduates in the announcements this weekend. In worship, we’ll also be honoring moms and mom-like figures for Mother’s Day.
 
Some of you have asked about plans for reopening the building. Our resident Bishop, Ken Carter, has recently advised that we suspend in-person gatherings now until at least June 15. However, before we reopen our building to the general public (including for worship services), we first want to make sure our Learning Center is squared away and able to function, especially given that there are state and government requirements by which the Learning Center must abide. That said, the plan is to first open the Learning Center for probably a month or so to work out all the kinks. Then we’ll open the building for other services (worship, Bible studies, prayer groups, etc.). Even then, however, we’ll still comply with CDC guidelines, whatever those guidelines might be at that point. It’s important to note that all this is fluid right now. However, we’ll continue to update you as we learn more. In the meantime, Diana Petras (Director of Operations) and Sarah Dodson (Learning Center Director) are doing much of the leg work when it comes to preparing us for eventual reopening. For their hard work, we’re grateful! 
 
This has been a weird season, but we’re powering through by the grace and power of God. Thanks for hanging in there with us, and we look forward to worshipping God with you online this weekend!
 
Blessings,
Chris