Happy March everyone! We are getting so close to spring again, at least calendar wise. I know this is Michigan and that our winter can last until at least May/June. It’s good to dream though, right? The first few months of 2022 for our ministry has included a lot of dreaming. With the return of our Committee on Education (COE), we’ve been able to do a lot of dreaming with events like Vacation Bible School, Easter Egg Hunt, All-Church Birthday party and hopefully so much more. After two years, it feels so good to dream like this again. To be able to look at what we used to do and look at what we want to do and dream about its ways that fit our ministry and our church in the best way possible. On the opposite side of dreaming there have been some nightmares. Nothing severe, please hear that, but situations that can trigger my anxiety. Our youth program is still running lower numbers compared to where we were pre-Covid which is scary to look at. Our church is going through the big decision regarding the Cooperative Parish, which is scary to look at. The 2 year anniversary of our decision to shut down due to Covid is coming up (March 13th). There’s lots of dreaming and anxiety that comes with looking to the future, but there has been one constant through it all: God. God is still the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God has walked with us every step of the way through the last two years and will continue to walk with us through the next two years and beyond that. How will you dream? Will the anxieties stop you from dreaming? I pray that you remember that God is with you every time you lay your head down at night and every time you wake up in the morning. We will dream together, we will struggle together, we will fight together, and we will do all things through the God that gives us strength.
— Marc Middleton