Pastor's Ponderings
Heartland Shared Ministries
February 2019 Newsletter

Edgar, Nebraska

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17 (NRSV)

            When I was thinking of the month of February, the verses from John 3 came to mind.  I think they are good verses for the month that includes Valentine’s Day.

            Valentine’s Day is a day we celebrate love and relationships.  I can still remember Valentine’s Day celebrations at Beaverville School. We would decorate Valentine Day sacks and hang them up in the room.  We would share valentine cards and goodies with one another and in some cases profess our “love” to that special person.  To be honest, I think the candy shared was the most important part of the process!

            We may also think of those who we loved in this life that are no longer with us.  We miss them and may shed a tear or two as we think of the many memories in our hearts.  In the midst of these memories, in the midst of life and love, it is good to read John 3:16-17.

            It is good to read the words of a God that loves us so much.   A love that was sent to all of us not to condemn us to death but to give us life! A love that was willing to give up life in order that we may live;  A love that we cannot understand at times, a blessing that we take for granted in our sinfulness, a love that encompasses us in the midst of our daily ups and downs.

            It is also a love that leads us.  It leads us to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.  It is a love that, when released in the world, can transform, bring together and build up.  It is a love that we put our faith in and that gives life.  It is a love that comforts us in the midst of changes that we do not like.  It is a love that reassures us that we have a God that wants what is best for all.

            My prayer for all of us in this place at this time is that we may really appreciate what John 3:16-17 states to all of us.  My prayer is that the Holy Spirit may lead using the words that we may be lights shining in the world. God loves us so much! When one really thinks about it, it really is an amazing gift! 

God bless and may the Spirit lead us!

Pastor Ethan


Wednesday Morning Coffee

The Church of the Plains announced that as part of their church life there will be coffee with the pastor on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.  Why not make this a Heartland Shared Ministries event!?  (note “Shared Ministries!?” paragraph) Let the Spirit lead!  We can always make more coffee!


Shared Ministries!?

We are Heartland Shared Ministries!  Shared Ministries!  This parish got together to share.  What can we do together to answer the Call and build up the Body of Christ?  I urge you to think about ministries we can do together.  VBS?  Women’s Groups? Social Ministries i.e. making soup for families going through challenges?  Offerings?  What missions can we do better as a Heartland Shared Ministries?  Please think about it and let your councils/session members know or Pastor Ethan, your input is appreciated! We are called to be the Church right here, right now!


Open House Success!

Thanks to everyone who attended the Parsonage Open House on Sunday, January 6th, your presence was appreciated.  A lot of work has gone into the parsonage and I believe everyone who attended was impressed and thankful!  I know Kellie and I really appreciate our beautiful home!  Thanks to all!  Pastor Ethan and Kellie