April 30, 2020 Update

“Abide with Me”
Hello, Fountain of Life family! I want to say that I miss you all! You are in my thoughts and prayers in this very unusual time when we cannot be together in our usual ways of worship and study, but we certainly can be together in spirit and in prayer! I pray that you are finding your peace and solace in your faith in Jesus Christ our Savior, who provides peace beyond our understanding.
 
Today the hymn “Abide with Me” came to mind (Lutheran Book of Worship #272). Something we can and need to do in this time of so much uncertainty in the world is to abide in the Lord. There is no uncertainty with God, and we can hold onto that promise and trust in Him even when our circumstances seem out of control. So go to the Lord with all of your fears, uncertainties, and frustrations–all of them–even in regard to being “stuck with” those closest in our lives, or being isolated from others. Jesus had frustrations with His disciples at times (when they were very slow to understand, or could not stay awake), although He always loved them! And He was alone through His trials and crucifixion to the point of His cry, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” NIV Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34. Remember that God is with us, He understands, and wants us to abide in Him!
 
I wanted to provide some updates from the Church Preparedness Team. We have been meeting regularly (and now virtually) since March 10. At first our plans for the church changed rapidly, with certain phases skipped entirely. Currently, we are in more of a holding pattern of wait and see based on our government announcements and rules. But we want to assure everyone that we are formulating plans in regard to worship and Communion, in conjunction with the Elders and Board of Servant Leaders, to resume our worship schedule as soon as safely possible. We are trying to stay on top of the recommendations, and are exploring many options, always keeping in mind the health and well-being of our congregation, physically and spiritually.
Until we can come together again at church, please utilize the online worship and Bible study options! Reach out to the Elders with prayer requests and needs. Stay in contact with your church friends to support and sustain them. And please keep praying! Pray that God would take this virus away, and that all of what we are experiencing will be used for good, according to His will. Remember to thank all of those vital workers keeping things going. And look for the blessings in the midst of the hardships. Peace be with you all!
 
In His service and love,
Kristy Pavel
Fountain of Life Head Elder