Update, November 17, 2021

Greetings on a chilly, cloudy day. The cats are getting cozy with each other . It feels like another good soup day. And oddly, it’s supposed to be almost 70 Thursday. And then back in the 50s. If your brain feels a bit out of whack, that could be it.

Speaking of our wacky brains : A friendly reminder, based on my experience, about winter depression. Days get shorter, andwinter blues or seasonal depression comes back, like clockwork. It is real, it is not your fault, and it can be treated. Talk to someone you trust on how to respond. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. but if you feel “out of sorts”, it could be seasonal depression.

The Blessing of the Quilts, Sunday November 21. This coming Sunday the quilts built for the Homeless Memorial Blanket Project will be blessed during the service. They will be installed downtown at First Lutheran Church. This is a change . To get the most up-to-date information go to the Homeless Memorial Blanket Project FaceBook page. More information will be shared on Sunday. Thank you for your time and contribution to this project which will benefit so many in the area.

Hanging of the Greens : Just putting it here so that we know that the Hanging of the Greens will be happening after church the First Sunday of Advent, which is December 1. I have seen conversations happening about this, and all appears to be under control. So far as I can tell.

St Nicholas Day : St Stephen’s in New Kingstown will be hosting a St Nicholas party on Monday, December 6. This will include carols, cocoa, cookies. Pr Matthew has not mentioned buying coal to put in the shoes of those who are bad. But there’s that whole grace element to the Lutheran way of thinking, so who really is to judge who gets coal in their shoes anyway? Monday December 6, 5-7 pm. More information ( and maybe flyers!) to come.

Prayer concerns : Cue my Grandma Wagner singing : “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. We all likely have things weighing on our minds. Even as we get near to Thanksgiving, a time of bounty for some, it is easy to focus on our desires and concerns. Let us brings those things to God. We pray for Christian and all those who serve in the military. We ask for traveling mercies for those visiting friends and family soon. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder we ask that those who need housing are able to find a place to stay in warmth and safety. We pray for : Pam, Betty Lou, Mark, Pat, Seth, DJ, Margaret, George, Arleen, Greg, Charles and Ruth, Darryl, Billie, Dave, Tim and Lisa. We ask for strength to all those who teach, preach, and heal in this time. All these things, and whatever is on our hearts and minds, we bring to God, confident in God’s love. Stay warm, be well. I bid you peace.

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