So, for those who have not heard yet, yes, I did have a rather eventful week last week. I was in a car accident in the midst of the dense fog very early on Thursday morning (a week ago). I unfortunately hit some gravel, ended up off the road, with my car upside down and me hanging like a bat by my seatbelt. Quite remarkably, however, I found myself unscathed other than some bruising from the seatbelt.

My daughter, Taylor, and I want to express our thanks for the outpouring of concern and support as we have dealt with the emotional aftermath – especially since this all occurred on the one year anniversary of my late husband’s death. We are honestly just so very grateful that I emerged largely unscathed and that everyone else in the family was safe.

I also want to say thank you to everyone who participated in our Hymn Sing Sunday last weekend! It was not only fun to make a joyful noise, but so wonderful to learn some of your favorite hymns in the process (we kept a list for later worship planning). Music really is one of God’s greatest gifts to us!

And speaking of music, I want to give a special thank you to our Music Director, Walt Yatta, for not only setting up the special Organ Recital for Josh Kraybill, grandchild of our church, to come home last weekend, but I am also grateful to him for stepping in and watching over the event when I needed to care for my sick sons. Our congregation has always had a great love of good music, but it is even more special when the great musician is a member of the church family. Such a day to celebrate God’s gracious gift to us!

This coming weekend marks the final Sunday of “downtime” before we hit a very long string of “big Sundays” that will last all the way until after the New Year. We will be talking about Jesus healing a blind man and how we overcome our own blind spots. The band is playing and it should be a Sunday of rest for all of us. Come and see where the Spirit is moving.

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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