Joel’s Journal 02/17/21

Yes, Florida was nice last week. No, I didn’t get a tan (We were in meetings during prime tanning time). Yes, I learned a lot at the conference, and it was great to be with other pastors and their spouses. No, I don’t like to lay out and tan anyway (I would much rather be walking, running or just doing something outside). Yes, every church is experiencing the same things we are during this strange time in history. No, we are not alone. Yes, I do wish we could pick up our church and our people and move it to sunny Florida. No, I didn’t miss all the snow and cold weather. Yes, God is still sovereign and on His throne!
 
We had our first big snowfall of the year yesterday in Angola and the surrounding area. I’m not sure exactly how much you had at your house, but we had drifts in our driveway over 2 feet. I got up early to shovel and I was joined by my wife. If you didn’t know, she is hardcore (she wanted to help, I didn’t make her). After about a half hour, Micah (my 10-year-old son) came out and wanted to help. I can definitely say it went a lot faster with their help. It took us an hour and a half to finish everything. If we get more snow, I am not sure where we are going to put it. I viewed the shoveling as a free YMCA Membership for the day.
 
My Life Group met again last Sunday evening and I have to tell you my favorite part about being in my Life Group by far has been hearing everyone’s stories! I love to hear people’s stories. I’m also amazed how God brings people together. We have people in our group who were born in the UP of Michigan; Bowling Green, Ohio; Flint, Michigan; Bay City, Michigan; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Mishawaka, Indiana; Midland, Texas; Fremont, Indiana, and others. Imagine the God we serve, sitting back 25 years ago, shaping our lives, knowing we would all be in this group together in 2021. This type of thought often boggles my mind. We truly serve an amazing God.
 
Tonight, Wednesday, February 17th, we are having a special service at the church. This service will start at 6:45 PM and will be a time of Praise & Prayer. The service will look a little different than normal. There will be no “message” and instead we will have an extended time of worship and prayer (both privately and publicly). I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone a little and join us. This Sunday, February 21st, we will have a special service to celebrate Pastor Sam Schertz’s ordination in the Missionary Church.
 
As I write in my journal this week, I have a “heavy heart”! There are many people in our congregation going through a difficult season. There are health issues, marriage issues, financial issues, emotional issues, relational issues, and spiritual issues. Can I ask you to join me during your prayer time to lift up your brothers and sisters? Everyone is going through something and we don’t have to go through it alone. Thank you Jesus!   
 
In God’s Love,
 
Joel R. Greenwood