PASTOR’S PEN
 

The Life of Edie Tarr

— from Pastor Steve
This Saturday we give thanks for and celebrate the life of Edie Tarr. Her memorial service will be at 1:00 PM. This congregation was a huge part of her life for many years. A number of you were family to Edie. You helped her remain independent by providing the love and care and friendship that we all need. It is at times like these that I wonder where we would be without our church family. Over the years I have heard time and time again — “I don’t know how I would have made it through that hard time without my church.” For all its’ faults and failings, the Church is a gift. We are the body of Christ. We take care of each other and not just our own. We extend the love of Christ as far and wide as we can. Edie’s life is a wonderful reminder of this. I hope you can be with us as we honor this loving and kind child of God.
 
Blessings,
 
Steve


The Call for a World-wide Fellowship

“The call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all people. This often misunderstood and misinterpreted concept has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of humankind. When I speak of love, I am speaking of that force which all the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.”
 
This quote comes from the last book written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967, not long before his assassination. The book is called, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?” I treasure this book and every time I pick it up and read from it, I am amazed at how relevant it still is. Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I thank God for his life and witness.
 
I encourage you to google Dr. King and read or listen to his “I Have a Dream” speech or his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” or some other writing or essay. I am deeply thankful for the life and leadership of Dr. King. 
 
On Sunday we will reflect on how God calls us. God calls great ones like Dr King and God calls ordinary folk like you and me. Read 1 Samuel 3: 1 – 10 and John 1: 43 – 51. How is God calling you?
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin