It’s A Busy Week!

This is a busy week at First and we are working through a lot of news and making important decisions, all with the backdrop of a pandemic and a presidential election.

The first thing I want to ask for is your prayers for Barb and her family. This weekend Barb left for Minnesota in order to care for her sister Sue, who is now in hospice care due to lung cancer. Barb will provide nursing duties until home care can get arranged this week.

Barb is still providing some support from afar for a busy week in the office, but volunteers and I will help answer the phone information and pass on information and questions that come in.

Times like this remind us of how grateful we are for Barb and her work and remind us to pray for each other. Barb invites your prayers for her and her family, especially Sue and Sue’s husband Jim, who lost his first wife to lung cancer.

Our Council President Heidi is feeling better after suffering through the coronavirus, after a positive diagnosis. She is still dealing with fatigue and cough, and is getting rest and fluids up at her cabin, but is planning to call into our council meeting this Wednesday. Please pray for her full recovery.

At our monthly Council meeting and will be discussing options for worship during the winter and hearing some proposals from the Council President of Luther Memorial about their set-ups for worship in cars at their parking lot and their precautions and plans for indoor services. We don’t know how we will worship this winter, but it isn’t likely we can do it in our church safely. Our bishop has asked us to not worship during the current spike of record numbers of Covid cases in Wisconsin and as cases in Milwaukee County and West Allis multiply. We will also be discussing how we will continue a music ministry during the winter and our cleaning service if we are not actively using the church building.

On November 1st we will celebrate All Saints Sunday and launch our Fall Appeal with a special online service and slideshow of ministry photos from this year at First. Lori Marquez will be sharing a special stewardship message. We will share details about how to watch the service online soon!

We hope that we will continue to find ways to come together as church during the winter months, online and hopefully in-person if we can find safe ways to do so. If you have feedback or ideas for worship and activities this winter, please contact a Council member.