Church Cluster Ministry & Furry Friends

Dear Members and Friends,

This morning we had a zoom meeting with over 25 of us from church to launch our small group ministry so that we can stay connected during this time and care for and pray for each other. During the coming week, you will be contacted by a small group "captain" to check in on how you are doing, to ask how the church can be there for you and to ask how we can hold you in prayer. We'll be asking too if you would like to be part of this small group ministry and we hope you might say yes, because we all need each other in these challenging times and the world needs the gifts of the church's presence and care.

Another way we can be encouragement to one another is by sharing words and pictures through this email and on our church Facebook page. Today, thanks to Marion Coleman for her sharing. And indeed Thank you God for the gift of dogs and cats, birds and other pets that bless our lives in fearful times.

"I would like to introduce my new granddoggy, Leo. My older son, Todd's, family decided that this would be a great time to get a rescue as they would all be there to get him settled in. I also imagine it is a time when shelters are grateful for new adoptions since most people are likely not thinking creatively and outwardly like my kids.

And he is clearly one of those offspring that makes you wonder about parentage. Did a long-haired dachshund fall head over very short legs for a German shepherd? But as we all know, there is no accounting for taste, I guess even in the canine world. That said, it has been my experience that the doggies that are not dog show caliber are usually the ones who are most perfect family member material. There is something about them that oozes love and acceptance of all things, people, events, life in general. They remind us that everything is ok, that it is enough just to be loved.

And of course, he could not be named anything but Leo with that mane. So, please, in a time when we are all scared, bring us courage dear little lion."

- Marion Coleman

You all are in our hearts and prayers!

Peter Ilgenfritz, Interim Pastor 206-484-9814

Ella Long, Head Deacon

Sandy Leonard, Senior Trustee

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