Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ -

posted Mar 2, 2015, 5:15 PM by Shannon Vietmeier
On Wednesdays in Lent, as a congregation, we are RECLAIMING SABBATH. 
In so many ways, I want our time together to be life-giving; a chance to see and hear how God intended the Sabbath to be life-giving for us. However, I am afraid that most of us will be convicted of our unwillingness to slow down and spend time with God, family, and rest. So... I thought I would let you know what I plan to do to keep (so that I can just "be" on the) Sabbath during Lent - and you can feel free to check in with me, and hold me accountable!

1. My Daily Sabbath: Each day at 3:30p, after I've been working for 5-8 hours, an alarm goes off on my phone. It is an AWARENESS alarm. As soon as it goes off, I drop what I am doing, turn to our God's Story & Our Story reading and pause to hear God's Word. After that, I take a few deep, renewing breaths, and take a moment to pray. With the "Amen", I get back to my tasks - renewed by God's Word, prayer, and the important reminder to breathe.
2. My Weekly Sabbath (Fridays & Saturdays): I usually take Fridays off, but usually it isn't a day off. It usually starts out lazy, with a cup of coffee, Scripture, or a book. Then, I take time to complete a few chores around the house, run a few errands, finish up a few things for church. By the time Friday evening and Saturday roll around, I plan to do little or nothing (I won't even look at e-mail). I have to tell you - this has not been easy the past couple months, but I am hoping to be more intentional about it. This schedule is often challenged by Meg's retail schedule, but we also try to find ways, to "just be" together throughout the week as well. 
3. Quarterly Rest: Periodically throughout the year, I take time away from ministry - to turn to God's Word, to enjoy the company of family, to rest (at a hermitage), or to complete a few neglected tasks around our home. Many of you have noted that January & February have been pretty busy. So, Friday, March 13 - Monday, March 16, Meg and I will be taking a short vacation to visit my family in SD. We are blessed by this time away, time with family, and that you all are able to carry on the ministry of God without us! 
Keeping Sabbath with you - 
Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship this Sunday
(March 8), you are invited to read:
     Exodus 20:1-17
     1 Corinthians 1:18-31
     John 2:13-22