How are you doing? Are you experiencing the ups & downs of life too – both in circumstances and in emotions? Earlier this week, I was telling my daughter Julia how I’ve been feeling so up and down lately – one day I’m good and life is great, and the next day I’m an emotional basket case! She told me that they’ve actually made a term for that…it’s called “Coronacoaster”. (If you’d like a chuckle, read the attached picture – it has a description of “coronacoaster”.) Since social media (or whomever it is) made a term for this condition, I’m assuming that I’m not the only one experiencing these ‘up & down’ swings. I believe this pandemic is stretching us all to the core – physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. It’s challenging us to look at our lives and face the distractions (& excuses) that had previously built up from the busy pace that we had been living before Covid-19 began. I told Pastor Randall the other day, that when I get quiet and reflective, the ‘hard stuff’ in my life starts to rise. I then have to make a decision about what I’m going to do with it. I can ignore it and push it back down, or I can ask Jesus for mercy and grace to help me to sort through it. On the good days, I ask Jesus for help and find that He’s been waiting for me to bring it to Him. I guess that’s why He allows these hard things to come up to the surface – not to make us feel like a failure – but to help us find freedom from these things that are weighing us down. But He never forces us to do this. He will continue to give us choice. Today, lets choose well.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” ~Hebrews 4:16
Pastor Randall is recording another video sermon and Pastor Marc is recording another Children’s Storytime video for us. Both of these will be included in our “Scattered but Worshipping Together” Sunday service, along with worship music, prayer requests and scripture reading. As in previous weeks, Pastor Randall will be sending you an email tomorrow with all the service details, or you can always access the service directly via our website at: www.malmochurch.ca/scattered-but-worshiping-together/ .
ZOOM Fellowship Coffee Time is also happening this Sunday at 12 Noon. CLICK HERE for the link. (If needed, the Meeting ID is: 823 7151 1214 Password: fellowship). Pastor Randall will also include this Zoom link for you, in tomorrow’s email.
Everyone is invited to a “Come & Go” Wedding Shower, on Friday, June 12th from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Doell Farm, to celebrate Dana (Doell) & Connor (Bayduza)’s August wedding. If you are comfortable, feel free to have a socially distanced visit with neighbours outside in the yard. Or if you prefer, drive by in your car and share your brief well wishes with the happy couple. This will be an OUTSIDE event, maintaining Social Distancing with 50 people or less. Contact the organizers, Charlene or Ruth if you have any questions. (If the weather is rainy, the event will be rescheduled to June 19th.)
Thank you so much for sending in your pictures! I received another FOUR pictures this past week. (Can you tell that this excites me?? 😉 Click on the Malmo Photo Gallery to see the latest additions. I would love to see the rest of you too!! 😉 So please send me your pictures – of your activities or home life or even just of your family and the kids. Remember that you can send me photos ANYTIME via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text them directly to me at 780-312-4620.
Thank you for continuing to support the work and ministry here at Malmo. Online Giving continues to be available. We also accept donations via cheque, so if that is your preferred method, you can continue sending it through the mail, to: Malmo Mission Covenant Church, RR #2, Wetaskiwin AB, T9A 1W9.
Take care Folks,