PASTOR’S PEN
 

Kitchen Project Update

Many of you have asked for an update on our kitchen project. We have chosen an architectural firm called Interactive Resources and we have signed a contract. They specialize in older buildings that have historical significance. The project manager was very enthusiastic about our wonderful building and this project. We will soon be meeting them on the plans. I am very excited about the assistance I am getting from Ed Moncrief and our Program Manager Greg Fenton. We will keep you posted as this project progresses. 
 
There will be some challenges ahead, as the time will come when we will need to rely on other churches and community partners to make their kitchens available to us. We plan to continue feeding hungry people even when our kitchen is under construction and unavailable. I know we can do this because we have built strong community relationships. Nevertheless, there will be obstacles. We will try to anticipate them as we go. 
 
Thank you for your patience, support, and prayers. Most important is that we have this ministry. We are blessed to be a blessing!
 


Jeremiah Was a Prophet

When I was a teenager in high school, back in the early 70’s, we used to sing a song — “Jeremiah was a bullfrog — he was a good friend of mine — I never understood a single word he said — but I helped him drink his wine.” This was the anthem of Friday night parties. 
 
Well, now I say — “Jeremiah was a prophet — he is a good friend of mine — he is a companion for disruptive times.” Jeremiah’s life spanned one of the most troublesome times in Hebrew history. The time leading up to the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BCE, followed by the Babylonian exile. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. And Jeremiah was in the middle of it. He lived it. He felt it. He struggled to remain faithful. He agonized, dealt with depression, and yet shared hope as well. 
 
For the next several Sundays, we will be in the book of Jeremiah. I encourage you to look at these passages and maybe the whole book. 
August 25 — Jeremiah 1: 4 – 10 — The Call
September 1 — Jeremiah 2: 4 – 13 — Hard Words
September 8 — Jeremiah 18: 1 – 11 — What Are the Purposes of God?
September 15 — Jeremiah 4:11 – 12, 22 – 28 — National Foolishness
September 22 — Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1 — The Weeping Prophet
September 29 — Jeremiah 32: 1 – 3a, 6 – 15 — Investing in an Uncertain Future
 
We are living in difficult, uncertain times. Nice to have a friend like Jeremiah to journey with us. See you in worship.
 



Pastor Steve Lundin