I took this photo the other day after the rain. All the water droplets on the back of the leaves caught my attention, which takes some doing these days. I feel like my mind is full of jumbled thoughts much of the time so I’m glad I noticed this. Check out the surface tension of those droplets! The water particles are drawn tightly together to take as little surface area as possible. Drops mound up a little, even, instead of spanning out. But one little jolt and the drops run together, changing the pattern. There is a lot of surface tension going around these days. I feel it in myself and sense it in others. We’re all working hard to keep our patterns of good humor, optimism, and energy going. We turn our backs on the loneliness and the worry for the future that threaten to jostle our holding patterns. We do this with the pandemic and politics, faith and family.
But an interesting thing occurs when the surface tension is broken; that is, everything floods together. If we think about the water droplets as our wide range of emotions, then jostling the surface tension results in releasing our feelings. I sometimes hold onto my feelings of anxiety, worry, and grief too long without allowing myself the freedom that comes from working them out. The result? Increased (surface) tension in every aspect of my life! I’m confident I’m not the only one who’s been in this situation. The solution, to my mind, is to think about the water droplets as, well, us. If each droplet is a person, then breaking the surface tension means opening up to someone else and turning outward for help. It could be a good phone call with a friend or an appointment with a counselor or making time to worship online without the distraction of our phone. In this image, when the surface tension finally breaks, the droplets become one, new thing together. When we’re sharing how we feel with others, we’re likely to find support and love that will help us through tough times. Even times as tough as this. We’re a church, a special collection of very different people who believe God has called us together for the sake of the Kingdom and for our sake as a community. Friend, this community is where our surface tension can break in safety and in solidarity, where our tears can flow together, and where we can become one, new thing together. Even when we’re apart, we’re called together by God who created the leaves and the water droplets and you. You are beloved.
Grace + Peace
Thank you to . . . Mike Wendt for responding to an urgent need to fix a toilet! Toni Hrobsky, Sue & Scott Bradley for another beautiful year of flowers outside the church! Brad McGowan for the new mailbox & cosmetic work in the sanctuary after the projectors were installed! Tim Sawyer for responding to an urgent need to fix a urinal! A special thank you to Sharon Stade for selling the Adams Street property for us. Between showings and locksmiths, she kept busy on our behalf. Thank you Sharon for your faithfulness and generosity!
Thank you to the families of the students who were confirmed Oct. 24 and Oct. 25: Ethan Evenson, Carly McGowan, Cal Tamblyn, Gabe Gustin, Julian Bos, Payton Wiesen, Brandon Chesmore, Ava Stedman, Christian Lehmann, Colton Krause, Will Chapman, and Cal Anderson. The insight and appreciation they shared for the individual services of Confirmation for their young person was wonderful for us to hear. Thank you for your grace and making this work! Pastor Amy, Kitty, and Jodi.
Little Free Pantry Update
The Little Free Pantry is being checked and stocked daily by our generous volunteers. Just a reminder that there is a box of food items in church marked for the Little Pantry that can be used to stock it. Also, we know that other concerned church members put food in the pantry from time to time.
****Please only stock dry items with freezing overnight temperatures upon us.****
Additional Hiking Opportunities
Here’s some information for those who want more hiking and are available on weekdays. We meet Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for a 3-mile hike at the DNR parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 about 4 miles east of Whitewater (Sherwood Forest Rd.) We meet at the same place on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Those hikes usually are 6 to 8 miles or about 3 hours long. Shorter, 3-mile hikes, also are held on Wednesday mornings starting at the same time, as well.
Any questions or interested folks should contact Steve Larson at 920-650-0570.
Feed Your Soul Volunteers Needed
Feed Your Soul at First United Methodist Church provides meals for those in need every Thursday afternoon. They are asking members of the community to volunteer with providing desserts for the meals each week. Here is a message from the organizer, Jen Lowry:
“A little about what we’ve been doing since March…By the grace of God, we have been able to continue serving the weekly FYS meal since March. We only missed serving one meal, the week the lockdown began. We are
managing the program on a takeout-only basis. The majority of people are coming to the church, and we are bringing the meals to their cars (no one comes inside the church). There are a number of people we also deliver
meals to, which makes up about 20% of the total.
The meals are all homemade casseroles, a vegetable or fruit or roll. There’s a team of five to seven people who come in every Thursday to prep food, pack the meals into to-go containers. Meals go out the door like clockwork! We have pretty consistently been serving 165 to 175 meals each week. In the last three weeks, I’ve seen a slow increase.
Here’s where we need your help: making desserts and spreading the word. Here’s the link to sign up for bringing desserts from October through the end of the year (the church remains closed for worship services, and so
we are also continuing with takeout meals only). https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b48aea72ca5fe3-feed
1) Dessert making details:
Desserts can be dropped off at the Fort Methodist Church (320 S. Main) from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. I put a cart by the back door of the church where desserts can be left. Use the buzzer to the right of the door and you will be let inside.
There are no allergen issues.
Best desserts: cookies or bar-type cookies/desserts. Frosted cakes or bars don’t fare too well.
Packaging: please package 1 large cookie or 2 small cookies in Ziploc sandwich bags so they are ready to go.·
Special note: we are serving on Tuesdays the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, we would love to serve pie (no pre-portioning! We will do that). This is noted on
2) Let others know!!
Thank you so much! Let me know if you have any questions! God bless each one of you!”
If you need help signing up online, please call the Trinity church office at 920-563-4145. Sarah would be happy to help you sign up.
Hats and Mittens for STAR
STAR is continuing to collect all sizes of new or gently used hats, mittens and gloves to distribute this winter. With all that’s going on with the virus, or events not happening, we extended the intake until Nov. 15. You can bring items to drive-through communion. Or, drop them at church Monday through Thursday mornings; just ring the bell and someone will let you in. Boxes marked for them are in the hallway not far from the Food Pantry shelves.
Thanks for giving to share the warm love of Jesus to those in need!
Prayers requested for . . .
Judy Almquist, Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Wayne Behselich, Doug Brown, Lorri Brown, Alberto Calderon Castro, Linda Doerr, Terre Gaugert, Dean Hanke, Bob Kyle, Phyllis Lang, Bob LaMuro, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Debbie Pierce, Tom Pomraning, Violet Prust, Paul Reed, Shelley Scheurm, Larry Schumacher, Ruth Smithback, Roger Strege, Judi Walden, Donna Weeks, Donald Zuehlke
Do you have a prayer concern? Email the prayer force at firstname.lastname@example.org. People will gladly pray for you or your loved one with their whole hearts!