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When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” Acts 2:1-4 The Coming of the Holy Spirit


 


Dear Ones,


Grace to you and peace to you all. As I write this morning, spring has finally come to Elkhart Lake. The sun is shining and the village is busily coming out of our long Winter slumber. Our own church calendar has begun to fill up with our traditional Spring and Summer events and with some new things as well. Pentecost will be celebrated this month and the Confirmands will be confirmed that Sunday, May 20th. It’s a time of experience the new things God is putting before us and the traditional being made new!


 


As we move through Easter’s fifty great days toward Pentecost, we remember Jesus’ life and teachings. We remember the Acts of the Apostles as they have been made new with the death and Resurrection of Jesus and with the Holy Spirit filling them with new life and new ways of being Christ’s Apostles instead of Disciples. We too are reminded that being Apostles and Disciples is our calling as followers of Christ. While we do the work of the church in this time and place, while we try on new ministries as God’s hands and heart in the world, let us remember that we also “come all together in one place” each week to be the church in worship.


 


Sunday school comes to its summer break this month, we will celebrate all of the mothers in our lives and we will continue to prepare for the dedication of our Accessible Entrance for all. That event will be June 3rd during worship, so save the date!


 


We will also have a garage sale in the Fellowship Hall on May 4th and 5th. We will gather at Anchor lanes for our May Fish Fry on the 11th. We are trying a new thing at that gathering by offering a 50-50 raffle as well.


 


The scripture about the day of Pentecost tells us that all those who were there that day began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability. For a few moments the gathered crowd knew how it felt to really hear each other, to listen to each other and to understand. Often, we rush through our daily tasks and realize later that someone spoke to us and may have intended more than we heard. Maybe the message of Pentecost is to take the time to hear each other. Remember that Jesus last commandment to us before the miracle of the resurrection at Easter is that we are to first love each other.  Loving each other means many things including listening with our hearts engaged as well as our ears.


 


The Season of Pentecost carries us through summer and is also called Ordinary Time. As we all know, often our summers are anything but ordinary. My prayer for each of you today and as we move into the days ahead, is to take the time to hear each other, to listen with love as the lens through which you hear and to remember that we are all God’s beloved people. Share the joy of that with your neighbors! Good things are happening here at Community United Church of Christ on the quiet corner of Elkhart Lake!


 


Blessings,


Pastor Deborah


 



 


 




 






 




 



 


 




 




 












 


 




 




 




 




 








 


  


 





 


 




 




 



 






Reverend Deborah Tyler is our fulltime permanent pastor.  Reverend Tyler's responsibilities include:
  • Leading and preaching in the congregation’s worship services
  • Administering church business and overseeing the church staff
  • Working with the congregation’s governing board and its program committees
  • Overseeing the preparation of the worship bulletin and newsletter
  • Visiting members who are hospitalized, home bound and are nursing facility residents
  • Conducting funerals for members and friends of the congregation
  • Officiating at weddings for members and friends of the congregation
  • Providing counseling and making appropriate referrals
  • Teaching Confirmation/new member class for youth and adults
  • Maintaining a collegian relationship with the area clergy association


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