Vol. 74, No. 14
The Rock Foundation
My parents’ old home is on the slope of Lookout Mountain, one of many peaks in the Phoenix area. I’ve hiked it numerous times and am always rewarded with a great view of the Valley. One challenge of this hike is the areas of loose rocks and stones. When stepped on, the slope and their loose nature combine to give you a “moving” experience. More than once I’ve come away with scrapes trying to cross them. There’s nothing unique about those rocks. They blend together, there are lots of them and they’re always shifting.
However, there are other spots on that mountain that do not shift at all. The rocks are big and they are connected to deep foundations. You can climb them and jump on them. They are the very definition of what it means to be rock solid. It is this sense of rocks that biblical writers draw on when they describe the presence of God in our lives. Moses says “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (Deut. 32:4 NIV). David proclaims “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; (2 Sam. 22:2 NIV).
The image of the Rock is solid and stable and unchanging. In placing faith and reliance on God, Scripture guides us toward where we can find peace in a world that is unstable and unpredictable. Pandemics or pestilence have happened in the past. We forget that. Let’s not forget to lean on God, our Rock, for our strength as we go through this one. Blessings! Pastor Rick
*** In keeping with Governor Evers “Stay Safe at Home” edict, our services on Saturday and Sunday are cancelled for the next month.
*** Point to Ponder: Jesus said to Peter (with all his faults and foibles), “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” How is God using each of us (with all our faults) to build His Church? (Matt. 16:18)
*** We will broadcast our service on the website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com Look under the “media” section.
*** If you have prayer requests, please forward them to Pastor Rick at the church office (920-847-2116) or to his e-mail address (email@example.com).
*** All groups are cancelled for now. Check the Church’s Facebook page for information on other schedule changes.
*** Church expenses and mission support continue during this crisis. As you’re able, please drop off or mail your tithes and contributions to Bethel Church. And if you’ve got needs, let us know. Between our deacons committee and others, we’re ready to serve.
*** Thank you for the Memorial Gift from Herb and Marianna Gibson in memory of Bob Nikolai.
*** Easter Lilies were donated to Bethel in honor of Everall Jorgenson, in memory of Chuck Jorgenson, from Kay and Russ McCartney. In memory of mother, Charlotte Cornell, from Everall, Beth, Eileen and Glenna. In memory of Lois Harvell and Ken Henning from Larry Harvell.
*** W.I. school is closed indefinitely by order of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.
*** The Washington Island Food Pantry has modified food distribution protocol in response to the CoVid-19 virus. To eliminate person-to-person contact everything will be done by phone or email. All distributed food will be pre-packed by pantry volunteers and delivered to clients’ vehicles. The Pantry will continue to distribute food at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2-4 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month. For those unable to come to the pantry on distribution day, or in cases of emergencies, other arrangements can be made. For more information or to arrange for food assistance, call Amy Rose at 920-535-3035 or Dan Westbrook at 920-750-9265.
*** Town and National spring elections are April 7th. Register to vote at the town office.
*** Congratulations to Lou and Junior Goodlet on their 50th wedding Anniversary April 4th.
*** Jill J. Jessen Jorgenson, 71, went to be with her Lord, March 25. She was born on the Island, December 28, 1948 to Karly and Evelyn Jessen. She married the love of her life, Kermit Jorgenson on November 4, 1972. Jill loved sewing and quilting. She taught quilting at Sievers and was involved in sewing the Quilts of Valor. Jill loved volunteering for her Island community, serving as a Girl Scout leader, preforming with the Island Players, serving on the W.I. Park Committee, and was a member of the Woman’s Club. She sewed many squares and assembled many of the Woman’s Club Island quilts which were made for various fund raisers.
*** K.K. Fiske, Karly’s, and Middle Bar II are serving food on a take-out basis. Call to order.
FOR THOSE IN NEED
*** If you are “in need” and have errands to run or groceries to be picked up and delivered, please call WICHIP at 920-847-2108.
*** VBS is scheduled for June 22-26. We need helpers in ALL areas! Even if you can only commit for one or two mornings, we can use you! Please see or call (Sue Tobey, 989-430-4004).