“Every time we think of you, we thank God for you” (I Thessalonians 1:2). In the next verse Paul continues with this theme to let the members of the congregation know that they are in his prayers day and night as he calls to mind their “work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope.” I could say the same when I think my time with PVCC as your interim pastor. Now you are ready to start a new chapter in your ministry, and I am excited for you. Moving forward united by a unanimous vote and a budget to support it is a work of faith, a labor of love, and an act of hope. I want to offer my thanks to the members of the Pastoral Call committee for their good work and to the congregation.
I would also like to thank all the members of the congregation who contributed to Krishant’s legal services fund. On Monday he came to the church to sign the necessary documents. Carmen wrote a check for $500. I called the attorney in Kansas City to alert them. I tip my hat in thanks to members of the Mission, which meets on the WSU campus. They contributed equally to this fund. Krishant is now waiting to receive his work permit as he prepares for his asylum hearing.
It was a delight to have Karen Brown in worship with us on Sunday. She has found a church home in Lawrence. She shared the following statement from Walter Brueggemann: “Worship that does not lead to neighborly compassion and justice cannot be faithful worship of YHWH.” Thank you, Karen, for sharing these words of encouragement.