Dear members and friends of Elim Lutheran Church, Duluth.
I hope you are well and staying protected. As I have been saying repeatedly, "Remember, God is with us",
I also hope you find assurance in the words of Psalm 91. Using this Psalm as a part of your daily devotion can set your mind on more than the fear and anxiety that is all around us.
Governor Walz recently put in place an order for all non-essential Minnesotans to "Stay in Place". In his order there was no declaration that churches or pastors were an essential part of society (though I did find it interesting that liqueur stores are, Hmmmm). As such, I cannot have the church open for prayer as I have tried to do each afternoon.
These are strange times but they are not without hope. As I mentioned in my thought for the day on Wed., March 25, "The Church is Open...The building is closed." You are the church and there are ways you can be a help right now.
If you know of someone who might like a phone call, please call them. Four walls can get depressing after a while.
Offer to pick up groceries or medications for someone who can't get out on their own.
Buy a gift card for food or gas for a family who has been laid off or who has children and mail it to them. It might make a huge difference in their life.
Finally, this is a difficult time for the ministry of Elim Lutheran Church. Though you may not see us, Deb and I are doing what we can to keep connected with you and are finding new and innovative ways to do ministry. Please keep your church in prayer. Even though the church building is closed many of our expenses continue and need to be paid. If you are able, please make an offering to Elim. You can click HERE where you will be able to make an online donation or you can scan the QR code.
Remember, God is with us!
Pastor Jim Hagen
Pastor Hagen's Lenten Messages
Thought for Today:
Sunday, March 29
"This is the day the Lord has made,
Remember to rejoice and be glad in it."