I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)

             I’m guessing that I’m like a lot of people who are reading this newsletter.  I can’t believe it is already 2019!  It does seem that time goes by fast at times.  Now, I’m sure there are some who are reading this newsletter that it seems that it has taken a long time to get to 2019!  In either case, it seems that things have happened that have affected our perception of 2018 and what 2019 will bring.  One may say or ask are we a person who sees a half empty glass or a half full glass?

            With all that in mind, I guess that is why I love the verse from Isaiah 43.  It is such a positive verse no matter where you are in life or what you have gone through or will go through.  It proclaims to all of us that God is at work!  God is going to be doing a new thing!  God is making us a way through the wilderness that we are in no what it is.  God is springing forth a river in the midst of our dry, no life, desert.  God is at work to help us out no matter what we have faced, are facing or will face.  God tells us to look at what God has done and promises us that God will do more.  God tells us all new things are coming!  There is an excitement in the verse of Isaiah.

            The words are for a people in exile, a people being held in captivity by a foreign ruler.  They are hurting!  They are questioning!  They are wondering what is going on!  In the midst of this terrible time, Isaiah speaks words of hope and reassurance!  In the midst of this terrible time, God says that news things are coming, are springing forth!

            The words are for us in the exile we may be in right here right now or the time to come.  God speaks to us and says that God hasn’t forgotten.  God’s care and love is still here!  In the midst of our wilderness, desert, God gives us words of hope and life!

            We don’t know what 2019 holds for any of us.  We do know that God holds 2019 in the palm of God’s hands!  God is about to do a new thing!  God is at work in the midst of the wilderness, in the midst of our lives!  God walks with us and carries us now and always!

 A blessed new year!

Pastor Ethan

             Kellie and I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!  We also want to thank all of you for sharing with us so much over the holiday season.  You are a blessing to us in so many ways!  Thank you for your grace and support!  God has called us here and we are so thankful!  Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do as the Spirit leads us all. We can’t wait to see what God has planned for all of us here! Thanks so much for caring and sharing!!  Pastor Ethan and Kellie

 A blessed new year!

Pastor Ethan

High School Youth Group Meeting
 The High School Youth Group will meet at Salem Lutheran on Sunday, January 6, noonish.  We will eat together. We will have a meeting following.  We will be discussing local missions’ trips to Hastings and/or Lincoln.  We will also be discussing a summer mission trip.  Please bring your calendars with you, we will need to pick out dates that will work for these trips and try to coordinate with the missions themselves.  We will also be coming up with a group name. 

Thanks for all who give back Time, Talents and Treasures!

 As I go around to all the Heartland Shared Ministries churches, it amazes me how the Spirit is at work!  There are so many God is calling, using, to proclaim and witness!  I want to thank all of you who give back, who share the time, talents and treasures God has given you.  You are touching lives!  You are being a blessing!  You are answering the Call to be the Body of Christ!  Thank you so much for all you do and continue to let the Spirit lead!

 Thanks to the Children and the Adults!

             Thank you to all the children and adults who touched so many lives through the Christmas programs, singing during worship, and participating in any way!  You were great!  God used you to touch many hearts and lives!  Thank you so much and may God continue to move you through the Holy Spirit, let the Spirit lead!


Pastor's Ponderings
Heartland Shared Ministries
January 2019 Newsletter

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