PASTORS POST

On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unities. In the account from Acts images of wind and fire describe the Spirit poured out on disciples of all nations. The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel is the Paraclete or comforter but is still free and, in some sense, dangerous. The Spirit is unpredictable, and it is a question how comfortable or uncomfortable we are with the unpredictability of what the Spirit is doing in our lives and in the life of our congregation.

By the time you are reading this the results of the online survey will be tabulated.  I can only guess what will be revealed about what Ascension believes about its future. On May 13th Holy Cow Consulting will interpret the results of survey for the Congregation Council, the Transition Team, and Committee Chairpersons. How will the Holy Spirit be inspiring us through the feedback received from the survey? On Wednesday May 19, the Transition Team will host a Zoom presentation at 7 pm to summarize the interpretation of the survey and an opportunity for the congregation to discuss that interpretation in small break out sessions.

Will the result be good news? Yes, because it will bring a little more clarity to our vision of the future, but it may not feel like good news to all of us because most likely it challenges some of our assumptions about the congregation and because it will most likely indicate that we need to make changes to be more faithful to our mission.

Indeed, the Holy Spirit is working in, among, and through us as a congregation. Can we be open to the Spirit empowering, enlightening, and sanctifying us even if it means change?

The lyrics of the hymn God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind expresses the power of Pentecost well: “God of tempest, God of whirlwind, as on Pentecost descend! Drive us out of sheltered comfort; past the walls your people send! Sweep us into costly service, there with Christ to bear the cross, there with Christ to bear the cross!”

In Christ,

Pastor Michael

 

Morning devotionals

Morning devotionals via Zoom are held five days a week: Monday through Friday. It opens at 7 a.m. Devotion conversation is from 7:20–7:34 a.m.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

Summer Vacation

 The last day for Sunday school this school year is, May 23rd. Have a wonderful summer vacation!

Highway Cleanup

Get fresh air and work off your COVID-19 pounds by helping make Cheyenne a beautiful place and you have the possibility of finding unique treasures along the way! We will practice social distancing during this activity. Please bring work gloves, sun protection and water. Safety vest and trash bags will be provided. We will meet at the church parking lot on May 15  from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. Please contact Ted Tietjen if you have any questions.

 

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16th Annual Cheyenne Day of Giving and/or Youth Event!

We have a little over 4 weeks left until our Youth Event on May 13 and our big event on May 14, so we are in the home stretch! Our Youth Event and the Day of Giving itself will use the drive-thru format again this year, and we will ask all volunteers to wear a mask.  People who are dropping off donations need only pull up curbside at the Kiwanis Community House.  We will have masked volunteers greet each driver, thank him/her for donations, and unload items from the backseat or trunk. The only donors who will need to go inside will be blood donors for the Vitalant blood drive held on-site that day, and Vitalant, of course, will practice current virus guidelines. Our central theme of Day of Giving is that when we know of a need, we must do what we can to help.  We will be helping 17 area agencies meet needs of clients who are sick or in dire economic straits.  All items donated at  The Youth Event and the Day of Giving itself will be in the hands of area agencies by the end of the day and immediately available to our neighbors in need.  Most of our supported agencies have had to deal with decreases in grant and government funding, inability to hold the usual fundraisers, and increased requests for  help, so Day of Giving is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and make a huge, life-changing difference to thousands of people.  Just imagine the impact we could have if every single member of each of the 78 congregations on our support list this year picked one way to give at the events this year!   What a huge difference we can make when we all come together to ‘walk the talk’ of our faith!

Greta Morrow

Day of Giving Board

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