In January I performed two funerals for church members whom I had known since my first days at Beaver Church. This is in addition to the many funerals that I performed last year for church members and friends. It is fair to say that everyone in the church has experienced a great deal of loss recently and this has been a significant difficulty. I’m thinking of this as we are going into February, when we will all be bombarded by advertising geared towards love and loved ones for Valentine’s Day. For many this will serve as a reminder that those whom we love are no longer with us, a reminder of our grief. In times like this I turn to scripture for support, and one passage I try to remember is John 16:22 “So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” This is spoken by Jesus to the disciples when he is telling them that he will be returning to the Father. He knows that he will be leaving them and he is giving them guidance on how to handle the grief they will inevitably experience.
As Christians we believe that death is not the end. We believe that those whom we have lost will be reunited with us at some point in the future. Thus, we have pain now, but in the future we will rejoice again. This does give us hope for the future, but it does not necessarily help us with the grief that we face today. In thinking more about this, I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes we can actually focus too much on getting rid of grief, as if it was a bad thing that we should not experience. In reality, grief in itself is not bad: it is difficult, it can be painful, but it is the result of truly loving someone. Without love there would never be grief. If we did not love someone dearly, we would not deeply miss them after their passing.
If we look at Christ and his life, we see that he was indeed human and divine, and experienced the full range of human experience including grief and loss. Even Christ wept for those whom he lost. I’ve heard it said that grief is love that has no place to go. In this case, we see that grief is a sign of our love for others, love that will never cease, even if that person is no longer with us. If love for others is eternal, perhaps that is a sign that those whom we love will also be with us always, even if it is in a form we will not fully see until a future time. So, as we come to Valentine’s Day, we will inevitably have joy and grief, but both of these come from love, God’s most wonderful and eternal gift to us all.
Peace and Blessings,
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Health Safety This Winter
Recent data has suggested that the Covid numbers are again increasing in our area. This, combined with the spread of the Flu, and also increased cases of RSV, mean that many people have been sick, and will likely get sick this coming winter. There are vaccines available for Covid, the Flu, and RSV, which is recommended for those 60 and older. You can get multiple vaccines at once if you wish. Please stay safe this winter and we will continue to pray for a quick recovery for those affected by these and other illnesses.
Valentine’s Pizza & Game Night - February 9 - 6:30 PM
Nothing says Valentine’s like pizza and games. Instead of our Valentine’s dinner, we will be having a church pizza and game night in the fellowship hall on Friday February 9th. We will meet at the church at 6:30pm, and pizza will be delivered. We are asking that people who come bring a favorite game with them, and we will gather in groups to enjoy the evening together. We will also have a station where you can make your own valentines to give to your sweetheart or perhaps someone in the church. Please come and join us for this fun event. Also, please let Pastor Brian know if you think you might attend so we have an idea of how much pizza to order.
Ash Wednesday Service - Cancelled
Join us from 7:00 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, February 14th, for our Ash Wednesday service. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Please come participate in this holy day, where we set the spiritual tone for the season to come. The service will take place both in-person and online.
Photos for Church Advertising Campaign - Cancelled
The church is going to be launching a new online advertising campaign in 2024. We will be creating advertisements for the church on Facebook that will be directed at certain audiences. As part of our new campaign, we will have a photographer come to the church on Sunday February 18th to take pictures of the church, our Sunday service, and our fellowship time. We would ask you to please attend that Sunday if you can, so that we get a good turnout. The photos will mainly be group photos, but if you wish not to be included in the photos, please let Pastor Brian know, and we will accommodate for that.
Communion During Lent - February 18 through March 31
We will be having communion every Sunday during Lent as a way to help mark the significance of the season. Therefore, we will have communion on each Sunday starting February 18th through Easter March 31st.
Results from 2024 Annual Meeting
We held our annual meeting on Sunday January 21st in the sanctuary and over Facebook Live following our fellowship meal. We had a quorum and voted on our standard business for the year. The meeting minutes from the 2023 annual meeting were approved, as well as the 2023 financial reports. The 2024 budget was also approved.
The slate of candidates for the consistory was approved as presented. A list of current and new consistory members is listed below, along with who the officers are for 2024.
We would like to thank all of the consistory members who served in 2023 and all of the members who participated in our annual meeting.
Charlie Williams, Doug Goudy, Carolyn Conner (President), Gretchen Weiler, Mindy Severtson
Shirley Nelson (Secretary), Alice Clausing (Asst. Treasurer), Susan Saddler, Tom Rauls (Vice President),