DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS AND PRAYER
“[W]hen Jesus entered Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve Him. That evening they brought to Him many who were oppressed by demons, and He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.’” (Mt. 8:14-17) In Jesus’ suffering and death, He took on more than our sin and death. All that attends the misery our sin brought upon His perfect creation including our illnesses and diseases, even the Corona Virus, Jesus took and bore for us as our Holy substitute. “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope (the resurrection of our bodies) we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.“ (Rom. 8:22-25)
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we give You thanks that by the patient suffering and death of Your Son You rescued us from all faithlessness. Strengthen us to bear all our crosses, adversities and trials with patience and fervent trust in our Savior as we await Your deliverance and peace. By Your Word and Spirit teach us to commend ourselves to You and to trust that in all things You work for our eternal good, through Jesus Christ, who willingly took upon Himself all our sin and illnesses and bore all our diseases, even death, and who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Pastoral Care Companion, CPH, 2007, pp. 343-344 adapted).
This year members may still wish to have delivered or drop off Easter Lilies to beautify the chancel for Easter. It may make watching the live-streamed festival service extra special with this visible contribution in their required absence as it would represent their desire to be physically present at this High Festival of the Church year. Please use your best judgment if/how you choose to participate in this idea. Take reasonable precautions (high risk members should consult with family members) if you decide to participate. Someone should be on campus during business hours April 8-10 to receive the lilies at either the church or school doors in the breezeway. Please call ahead to arrange for such a delivery: PLC (253-537-5492) PLS (253-537-1907). If you already have a key to the church and know the alarm, please place them on the counter in the narthex. All lilies as long as they last will be retained in the church and used throughout the Easter season. While we will have fewer members physically present on Easter and the following weeks, we may have more lilies to beautify the sanctuary this year than usual. Thanks for considering.
The PLC April Calendar is available to view here. Note all the Holy Week Services and the times they will be “Live Steamed”. Please plan to join in with all our members as we view these services together as a congregation.
SYNOD PRESIDENT’S NEWSLETTER:
You can find a copy of the April Synod President’s Newsletter at the site below:
Job said, “shall we accept only good from the Lord and not evil?”
Considering all that has happened within the last month in our state, congregation, school and personal lives we are still blessed by God’s grace. With one week left in March we ended the month only about $1,000 shy of our projected offering budget. With the school beginning their distance learning, we continue to receive tuition payments. Obviously things are very fluid at this time and can change very quickly. We don’t know what the Lord has in store for us, but we do know it is a gracious plan. Please continue to support PLC and PLS and staff with your prayers and offerings. If you need help with new offering options, please contact the PLC office.
St. Paul says, in everything give thanks. Thanks be to God that He has spent His Son and has made us rich in forgiveness, grace and mercy.
VISIT US… ON THE PLC WEBSITE:
Because of the government recommendations for social distancing, we have temporarily cancelled our regular Divine Services, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing in place. Please go to the website to get the latest information about our Service Plans and resources to Stay Connected. Check frequently in case updates are made.
ADJUSTING TO A NEW NORMAL:
Both the church and school offices are dealing with the new challenges presented by the government mandates, but we especially want to commend the school administration, faculty and staff for making it possible that our students continue to learn at home through online instruction. Please keep them in your prayers and where possible reach out to them by expressing your support. The routines of the old normal can be exhausting, but shifting gears for the new normal naturally adds stress and weariness.
2020 WOMEN’S RETREAT CANCELED:
We have decided to cancel the Women’s retreat at this time; Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus. Any questions please contact Marie Cronk.
PLC is postponing Confirmation Sunday until May or June. More information to follow when the date is re-scheduled.
THE 2020 EMMAUS CONFERENCE:
For obvious reasons, The 2020 Emmaus Conference has been postponed for 1 year. Please mark your calendar for April 17, 2021 for our next Emmaus Conference. Our theme will be “The Lutheran Life of Devotion” touching on the topic of the blessings of personal and family devotions.
ELHS AUCTION RESCHEDULED:
Evergreen Lutheran High School is moving their auction to May 2. Please go to ELHS website for additional information.
PLS SILENT AUCTION – DATE CHANGE:
The 12th Annual PLS Boosters’ Silent Auction will now (tentatively) be held on Saturday, May 30. Please look for more info to come in future publications.
REGISTRATION DAY-DATE CHANGE:
Registration Day for the 2020-21 school year has been moved to Thursday, April 30. Registration fees can be paid that night, but do not need to be paid until August 1, or before a student will be admitted into school for the school year.
Please note: Registration fees will not be accepted without complete paperwork; however, you do not need to pay any registration fees in order to turn in paperwork, although there are considerable discounts for early payment. See below for updated information about early payment discounts.
Updated 2020-2021 Registration Fee Discount Dates:
• Full Day Registration Paid By June 5, 2020: $290
• Full Day Registration Paid After June 5, 2020: $410
• Half Day Registration Paid By June 5, 2020: $145
• Half Day Registration Paid After June 5, 2020: $205
ELS MILITARY MONUMENT, MANKATO, MN:
You might remember that in October, the PLC voters approved initiating a fundraiser for the congregation to have one of the site Benches engravings done in memory of our own local hero – Lt. Robert Benson, KIA, 9/11/1944, in whose memory the church building, former Ft. Lewis Chapel was moved to its present site. Please consider giving a donation in memory of this life-long PLC member. Make checks out to PLC, memo: Benson/Bench.
(So far $2,250 has been received, $2,750 to go.)
Parkland Lutheran Church has a convenient way to make your regular offerings. With our electronic giving program, you can easily set up a recurring giving schedule or make one-time contributions. Visit our church website for more information or straight to link below.
1. This is optional; the old system of contributing by check and cash still works.
2. Members can still set something up through their banks so that regular checks are mailed in.
3. If members choose this new option they might wish to consider still using their envelopes and indicate on them that contributions are given electronically (not necessary, but that way a young confirmation student sees regular contributions going into the offering plate.