PASTOR’S PEN
 

World Communion Sunday

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. We are mindful that our faith transcends borders, boundaries, and walls. It is bigger than churches, communities, and nations. All over the world — followers of Jesus gather, sing, break bread, lift the cup, pray, read scripture, and share the good news of God’s love come to us in Christ. Whether it be in stained glass cathedrals or mud huts with thatched roofs — we celebrate the amazing grace of God!
 
This World Communion Sunday is going to be special because at 12:15 we will gather with our United Methodist brothers and sisters on the east side of Salinas at the East Salinas Family Center for a Bar-B-Q lunch and pot-luck. We will be joined by the Hollister UMC. Three congregations together for food, fellowship, and song. The East Salinas Family Center is at 995 N. Madeira. I sure hope you can join us.
 
Our worship will be at the usual times of 9 and 10:30 AM. However, Karla will be leading a bilingual worship service at the East Salinas Family Center at 11 AM if any of you wish to attend there on Sunday.
 
Finally, I want to mention our special World Communion offering this year. The East Salinas congregation owns a home (parsonage) that is rented out. The income from the rental is a large part of the church’s operating funds. The home is in serious need of some costly repairs. Our communion offering will go to the East Salinas Family Center’s parsonage fund. A generous offering will help the congregation make these repairs.
 
Blessings to you,
 
Steve

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Challenges

Some weeks are like that. Things happen that complicate life. This week the water heater and the washing machine went out. This is quite challenging when you feed over a hundred people a day and do between 5 to 10 loads of wash every day. It can make things stressful but you do what needs doing. Breath deep, stay centered, remember the mission, and say a lot of prayers that go something like this — “help!”
 
Tonight I am doing about five loads of laundry at home — towels, washrags, and aprons.In the process I am feeling thankful for our core volunteers who do all this demanding work everyday. Thanks be to God!
 
Two days to go — please no more breakdowns!
 
Shalom,
 
Steve



 
Pastor Steve Lundin