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Dear Friends,

The building is not quite as full, and seems empty in Pastor Wandrey’s absence. His office is bare bones with only a few visible traces of occupation these last six years. I think I would like the dust and memories to settle before any preparation begins in there. Eventually will come the cleaning, painting, maybe some rearranging, new equipment, and so forth. We know that transition time is healthy and valuable for all. It gives us the opportunity to unify, share our gifts with one another, find strength within, and prepare for our new pastor. June will be here before you know it!

In the meantime, there are 16 services to prepare for, make our hearts ready for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, continue our mission ministries, to pray and uplift one another, study God’s Word, and hold each other in care and love. We’ll grow, stretch, and try our wings together over the next few months until our next Shepherd arrives. Rozanne Ryle sent a great email back in Oct that expresses it all, “How blessed we are to be members of PLC. No matter what time of day, or for the many different reasons we come through the doors of PLC, there is always the feeling of LOVE…FAMILY…HOME.” Well said Rozanne, as are these inspirational lines for us to consider during this journey:

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown

In God’s peace, Lynn Affeldt