Pastor’s Perspective:

April 2020 

Pastor Paul Mattson

Wow! So much has changed since the last time I wrote this monthly article. The COVID 19 virus pan-demic has truly made an impact in our world and daily lives. I hope you are all practicing the recom-mended “Do The Five” safety measures: 

•HANDS—wash them often 

•ELBOW—cough into it 

•FACE—don’t touch it 

•SPACE—keep safe distance 

•HOME—stay there if you can 

And with more time now being spent at home you can practice the “Faith Five” with those you live with, or personally reflect on your own: 

•SHARE/REFLECT on you highs and lows 

•READ a Bible verse or story 

•TALK/THINK how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows 

•PRAY about the highs and lows 

•BLESS make the sign of the cross on your brow or from head to heart and shoulders 

For this guy, one of the significant impacts of the Corona virus pandemic, has been the cancellation of all sporting events—from professionals to pee-wees. I’m not a sports freak (Jill might think otherwise) but I do enjoy watching sporting events on TV, and now all that has changed. 

Instead of watching on live TV the drama of March Madness, or the start of the baseball season, hockey and all the rest, we are stuck watching reruns of sporting events—”classic” games and matches. Which can be kind of fun for a time, but you know in advance how the game will come out. You know in ad-vance, who wins. 

Which is kind of like our yearly celebration of Easter, and the resurrection of Jesus. In a way, it’s a re-run, telling the story (again!) of THE EVENT that changed the world. We know how the story will play out. We know who wins. Jesus wins! And our lives are forever changed. 

May the joy and wonder and peace of the risen and living Lord be yours today and everyday! 

Pastor Paul 


Immanuel’s Vision Statement 

A vibrant and diverse community of faith where lives are changed;
Where people of all ages are invited and challenged
To become disciples of Jesus in their daily lives;
Where real people experience healing, help, hope and harmony

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