Pastor’s Note August 11, 2021

Last Saturday, I was able to celebrate with family and friends the marriage of my daughter Lizzy to Zack Ziegler (yes, there are a lot of “z” in her name now). This dad was filled with tears of joy as I walked Lizzy down the aisle at the start of the ceremony. It was the culmination of my wife Karyn and me, parenting Lizzy. She is now a part of a new household, a new family, as she and Zack begin life together as a married couple. We couldn’t be more thrilled.


It was also amazing to read a text from Linda Ringenberg (one of our church’s mission partners who I met for the first time back in June) at the start of the ceremony. Her text said that she was praying for the wedding and for Zack and Lizzy. It was a simple text but it encouraged my heart so much. It was just what I needed as we started the wedding. People will be praying for Lizzy and Zack. There will be a community of people who are encouraging, advising and mentor them. They will have models of what life is like as a married couple.


So my encouragement to you is to be an encourager. Send a text with some encouraging words to a friend. Call someone and let them know that you are praying for them. Write a note to a neighbor letting them know that you were thinking about them. These words of encouragement can be so important as we go through life.


Have a great rest of the week and know that I am praying for you.


Pastor’s Note August 5, 2021

A Note from Pastor Tim


You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
    who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
    my God, in whom I trust.”

(Psalm 91:1, 2)                     


          Last Sunday we learned from Psalm 91 that God is our source of protection in the midst of trouble. Whatever difficulties we will face in the life (and we will face troubles), we can trust that God can be our refuge and fortress.

          The word “fortress” is literally translated in Hebrew as “high place,” a place that was difficult to impenetrate by intruders. So before planes and missiles and guns, a ”high place” was one of the best ways to stay protected and safe. It was also an easy place to defend. God will shelter us, He will be our refuge. He will strengthen us. He will guard us.

          As you go through the rest of your week, think of God as your fortress. Meditate on this attribute of God. He will protect and be with you. In this you can trust.

          Have a great rest of the week and know that I am praying for you.