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“Dear God, this is hard.”

“Dear God, this is hard.”

Siblings in Christ, These days my prayers often start with the words: “Dear God, this is hard.” How about you? Pandemic is truly hard. Worshipping separately. Not having normal funerals and weddings. Worrying about getting ill or about those we love. Losing jobs and...
“Dear God, this is hard.”

Unexpected Joy.

When we knew the extent of the pandemic lockdown, my personal disappointment was the birthday party we had planned. Invitations never got sent. Flights were cancelled. And the order for apple fritters and maple glazed donuts for Sunday morning coffee hour was...
“Dear God, this is hard.”

We Continue to Be the Church

Friends in Christ, As this newsletter arrives in your mailboxes we will have been under a stay-at-home order since March 28. Our beloved organist has died, losing his battle against COVID-19. Dave’s death is a tremendous loss, more confounding by the distance that...
“Dear God, this is hard.”

Practicing Our Faith

Many years ago, the congregation I served lost a 13-year-old boy to suicide. It was a devastating loss. We quickly assembled a community gathering to talk with kids and parents about suicide, funerals and grief. Most of his friends had never attended a funeral and had...
Love for Neighbor

Love for Neighbor

Beloved siblings in Christ,   Please be aware that we are cancelling worship this Sunday, March 15 and all Trinity programming for the week of March 16.   The decision to close is not made in fear or alarm but in an abundance of caution and love for neighbor. While we...
My Neighbor 2020

My Neighbor 2020

Hopeful Ones, What a privilege it has been for us to learn new ways to be neighbor right in the heart of Stillwater. Under the leadership of John Hodler, Jeff Anderson and Roger Funk, over 100 volunteers showed up to receive training and participate in creating a...

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