September 2020



Dear church family,

In these trying times, we’re all looking for encouragement.  And some of us are going through special challenges – not calamities, but things that are particularly trying for us.  Fortunately there is help.  Let me recommend a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministers are trained to listen.  When we need a friend in the faith, someone who will listen without judgment and keep talks confidential, there’s no one better to share the load.  George and I have seen Stephen Ministry relationships make a tremendous difference in our church family.

Such a friend is “a caregiver, not a cure giver.”  God alone can cure our ills.  Still, it’s pretty amazing what happens to us physically, emotionally, and spiritually when someone really listens on a regular basis.

Stephen Ministers do not share personal business with anyone else.  In fact, they go to great lengths to protect privacy.  And in this pandemic, they can meet by telephone, Face Time, or in-person with social distancing, whatever is right for you.

If you’ve felt isolated, worried, maybe a little overwhelmed, please do yourself a kindness.  Let George or me know, and let’s talk about letting you experience “God with skin on.”

With every blessing,

Rev. Larry Wood  


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