Joel’s Journal 03-31-21

This is holy week! This is the most important week of the Christian faith. Leading up to Easter, we celebrate and remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross of Calvary. The culmination of this week is Easter, the celebration of His resurrection. Without the resurrection, our faith doesn’t exist, and we have no hope. If you don’t believe me, listen to what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. Easter is the most exciting time of the year for a believer! I can’t wait to celebrate it with you this Sunday April 4th. Consider bringing someone to church with you and inviting them to your house for lunch afterwards (or breakfast I suppose).  
Last weekend I ripped out four arborvitaes from the side of our house that were planted 31 years ago. They were huge and the root ball on each was enormous. They were planted right next to house directly on top of our gas line (Yes, I did call 811 before I started to dig them out). I couldn’t pull them out with my truck because of the gas line right below them. Needless to say, that is one of the best workouts I’ve had in a while. I used shovels, a chain saw, a circular saw, a reciprocating saw, a mattock, an ax and my hands. As a side note, if you are planting trees or huge bushes next to your house, please don’t put them on top of gas/water/electric lines. 😊 Think about future owners ;).   
I love March Madness (the college basketball tournament at the end of the year). I have everyone on staff fill out a bracket and try to pick a winner. We have a traveling trophy that the winner receives each year, and their name gets put on the bottom. Stephanee Stump was the winner in 2019, so she has had the trophy on her shelf at the Connection Center for two years. You can see it in the corner on Sunday morning. I think she is going to be giving it up this year to a new winner. No, I will not be the winner! I had Illinois winning the whole thing and they lost their second game. Go Blue!
I’m not sure how many of you keep up with COVID numbers, but because of the decisions I have to make I do my best to stay on top of them. Unfortunately, the number of cases is going back up again pretty quickly. I know I speak for most people when I say, “I am so ready for all of this to go away!”. I’m not sure we are “out of the woods” yet, but I have hope we are nearing the end. I’m sure we all have pandemic fatigue at this point. Please stay safe and healthy.
My son, Micah, turns 11 on Thursday April 1st. We always let our kids choose what to eat on their birthdays. This year Micah is choosing Acapulco for lunch and Mom’s homemade Chicken Kiev for dinner. If you don’t know what Chicken Kiev is, it involves Cheez-Its and canned spray cheese (you should look it up). I love when my son has a birthday, his taste buds are similar to mine. 😊
In God’s Love,
Joel R. Greenwood