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  • Writer's picturePastor Jess Scholten

Pastor's Pondering - January 1, 2021

Dear friends –

This coming Wednesday is the official day of Epiphany (January 6), so it’s fitting that we, like the wise men, embark on a new journey to begin a new year, seeking after God’s presence. I’m excited for what is to come in the next few months as we have a churchwide, all-generation study of Believe – looking at what we believe, how we live it out, and what we are called to be. You’ll see more info in the enews on zoom links and hear more in worship. I hope you’ll join in on the reflections and participate in this endeavor in the coming months.

At a time when we’re starting a new year that looks so much different than we had hoped, I also want to remind us of what we’ve learned over the past year. We as a congregation have done a remarkable job of:

  • creatively adapting;

  • exhibiting perseverance, care, and compassion; and

  • continuing to live into God’s abundance with a spirit of generosity.

These skills will serve us well in the coming months as we weather out continued love for others through safe practices and continued social distancing when what we long for most is to be together. May we hold onto hope and lean into these new skills strengthening within us by the power of the Holy Spirit. January 1 is not the magical door to a new day, but it is the start of a new year journeying into hope.

We got this!

Grace and peace and with great hope,


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