Dear Church Family,
We have a song in our hymnal that begins saying, “In times like these, you need a Savior. In times like these, you need an anchor.” In Psalm 46, the Psalmist writes, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” And, in Hebrews 10, the author of Hebrews says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together … but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
With these statements in mind, the last thing I as a pastor want to do is call off opportunities for us to gather together, to seek the Lord and find refuge in Him, and be able to stir up one another in love and good works. Yet, that’s the decision that’s before us. As others on our councils have done as well, I’ve wrestled with what to do in this unprecedented time; going back and forth in my mind. However, it seems to be clearer now than ever that the right thing to do is to call off or postpone all churchwide activities for the next couple of weeks in order to limit the spread of this virus. Therefore, be aware that all church activities from March 17-30 are officially cancelled or postponed. This may be extended further based on the trajectory and prognosis of this virus. We will communicate any such extensions to you in a clear and timely manner.
Please know that we are not taking this step out of a sense of fear or faithlessness. God is still our refuge and strength, and we do not fear “though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalm 46). Rather, we are taking this action out of love for the most vulnerable, to help those in the medical field be able to adequately treat everyone diagnosed with this disease, and out of respect for our God-ordained authorities who are asking us to take such action. If you have any questions or are in need of council or just want to talk, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
In the meantime, here are some things I would encourage you to do:
Deanna Gard (Hauge Financial Secretary):
131 4th Street
Kenyon, MN 55946
Sarah Tennessen (Emmanuel Financial Secretary):
32348 59th Ave. Way
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Of course, if you’ve suffered a financial hit in this time, we understand and trust that the Lord will continue to provide for all of our needs as a congregation. We trust that He will continue to provide for all of your needs as well. Let us know if we can be of service.
Also, as most are aware, we do take offerings during our Lenten services. This year we designated the offering at Emmanuel to go to the Jared Trost family for their upcoming mission work to Uganda. At Hauge, we designated the offering to go to Heather Olson to support her upcoming mission work in Europe. With that being said, due to the fact that we will not be meeting for at least two Lenten services, if you still desire to support either or both of these works, you can send a check to the financial secretary. Simply, make the check out to the church and write in the memo line which mission work you’d like to support.
We will get through this, and the Lord will use this for His glory and for our good. So, press on and the fight the good fight of faith.
I look forward to seeing you all soon. But until then,
The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Secretary’s Report was read and will stand as read.
Treasurer’s report was presented and approved as presented. Balance in savings and checking account, not designated as of October 31, 2019, was $8,741.57, compared to $8,985.25, as of September 30, 2019.
Pastor’s Report: Seventeen (17) visits (25 individuals) total visits in October. Pastor will be on vacation Thanksgiving week. Pastor Aadahl will preach while Pastor Johnson is on vacation.
Youth Director’s Report: All youth activities are well attended and going well. Advent event will be held at Emmanuel will include activities, fellowship and supper. Molly will present a proposed budget for discussion.
Here it is Advent already and we are getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We will be holding our Christmas Gathering on December 7th at 9 a.m. The hostesses are the WMF Officers. The food chairmen from each circle help with clean up. Each circle should have designated a person to assist with the program. Hope to see you there as we remind ourselves the reason for Christmas isn’t Santa Claus, making your list of things that you think need to be done, trying to figure out how you’re going to find time to get all those things done and still get some sleep before December 24th. We get caught in the hustle and bustle of life and don’t take time to stop and thank God for the gift of his Son. Please join us December 7th at 9 a.m.
The needs for missionary families include dry soup mixes, kool aid, card games and small toys, chocolate and gummy bears, mac and cheese, and special occasion napkins. If you are interested in donating some of these items, please place your donations in the box in the kitchen.
Our knitting and crocheting group is taking a break for a couple of months. We made and donated over 300 hats, from newborn/preemie size to adult size hats. We donated newborn/preemie hats to The Birth Center at Northfield Hospital, and newborn/preemie size to adult size to the Alaska Mission, as well as the Kenyon Police Department to distribute to those in the community that are in need of warm hats. If you have any unwanted yarn laying around that you want to get rid of, please keep in mind that the knitting and crocheting group could use it. We will be resuming our group in February.
We are always in need of volunteers to serve coffee and refreshments on Sundays before service. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the front door of church (right next to the sign-up sheet for communion set up and clean up); please think about serving one Sunday. Starting in January, it will be after the 9 a.m. service, as we change service times in the first Sunday of January. Don’t feel that you need to get up before dawn to make something to serve—there are no guidelines for what should be served.
Julie Walker will be putting up the tree with the gift needs for the family we have been given to supply Christmas gifts for. Please pray for those receiving the gifts as you shop. Julie asks that the gifts not be wrapped.
At the time of writing this, I do not have information regarding the plan for the Christmas Sunday School program. Please refer to the announcements and news that is communicated through your circle.
Our Hauge Annual Congregational Meeting is currently scheduled for January 19th. The council will be providing a pancake breakfast for us that morning between church and our annual meeting.
December Youth Schedule
HEY-all Game Night: 5-9pm. Emmanuel. We invite the young adults to join us for a night of fun and games! Bring a snack to share as that will be supper that night!
Youth group starts at 5:30 with supper then continues with our study and fellowship time together. We finish at 8. Come and join us! It is open for any students in grades 7-12. I would continue to ask for your help by encouraging our young people to attend youth group.
Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, comments, questions, or concerns!
PreHEY Christmas Shindig: December 15.
Noon-ish-2:30 at Emmanuel.
Please join us and bring friends!
This one is our Christmas Party! We will be making pizzas and decorating cookies in addition to our lesson and games!
It is like youth group time for the 4th-6th graders!