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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends through Christ Jesus:     

I hope and pray all is well for those reading this letter.     

We are most definitely in some strange and trying times to say the least.  However, it is through my faith in God and His only Son,  that I accept our situation and actually work harder to advance the mission of the Church.  Of course, we miss our sisters and brothers in Christ and our worship together.       

Right now, between the two services, we have a handful of about 50 souls willing to venture out on Sunday morning.  I still have mixed feelings about gathering, but right now it seems safer than going to Publix.  In the beginning of the outbreak, not only was I concerned for the physical well-being of our members, I was worried about the financial well-being of the church.  However, thanks to you, the worry has subsided...at least a little.  We are holding our own.  Personally, Sandy and I have increased our giving, because our family has a little more, seeing that we don't go out so much.  This virus has made us take notice of what is truly important.   

Thank you for remembering the work of the Lord's Church!  Make the Lord smile.  Keep up the good work.         

Behind the scenes, Peace Lutheran is moving right along.  Granted, to accommodate social distancing, our idea of moving to one worship service at 10AM, with Sunday School, Bible Studies and occasional potlucks has been moved out until at least January.  Our plans to host a "Trunk or Treat" has been sidelined.  However, your council is working hard.         

Allow me to fill you in on what's happening at Peace Lutheran, and also share some exciting news about a ministry born from necessity due to this crazy virus: 

"In Season Ministry is happy worshiping in Peace Place.  They are delightful and take good care of our facility."             

"Still working on leasing the space next to the food pantry-getting close."     

"Food pantry is a well-oiled machine.  Thank you Lori and others."     

"Trying to get a "community garden" up and running in the fenced section behind the food pantry.  Let me know if you want to contribute. "     

"Will be painting the entire complex ourselves when the weather cools.  Should be pretty.  Which reminds me to remind you, if you adopted a plot, please make sure it is cared for.  Don't want to report anyone to the adoption agency.  PS: Remember your garden plot can double for a burial plot.  Just dump the ashes and place a memorial.  We're going to be with Jesus anyway.  Save some money.  (Ya'll don't know if I'm kidding)     

"Hopefully around Thanksgiving we will host the following, "Friendship Tea, Fall Bazaar and a Brunch to thank all who worked the front lines during Covid-19." 

"Plans were also in place to host "Shepherd Center" in the fall, but probably will be pushed to early next year.  Shepherd Center is a learning opportunity for our seniors.  Quilting, German, Computer, Religion are just a sampling of class offered by qualified instructors for a fee just to cover cost.  I think it's only $10.00."     

"Most of the groups using our facilities are back.  For how long is another issue?"     

"Meeting with commercial realtors and examining our options regarding the sale of property.  Palm Bay is growing.  I will share more in our September letter when there is more to share."     

"Plan on having a new screen and projector for the sanctuary sometime in September."   


"Sill researching our affiliation with the LCMC.  Let's just say, this one will take some time and effort."     

So, as you can see, Peace is still moving along, despite evil's effort to slow God's work.  Not only is Satan's plan not slowing us down, we are reaching out in a way that is new to Peace Lutheran, and new to me.  We are using our websites of www.peacelutheranpb.org and our Facebook page of Peace Lutheran Church to share our Sunday morning message and important announcements.  Our website and Facebook both share data that tracks viewership.  At first without advertising, it seemed most of our parishioners were tuning in.  After a few weeks, I began to "boost" our site. (For about $10 per week-more if we want to reach more people).  Facebook then advertises our site for a few days to Palm Bay residents.  Then I started sending Peace Lutheran Worship to my friends on Facebook.  Jacqui, our administrative assistant, informed me last week our two sites reached close to 2500 people, and get this, over 400 saints and sinners watch the entire service.  I was flabbergasted.  I had old high school friends I haven't seen in 47 years, giving us a "like."       

So it got me to thinking…What if we all forwarded the gospel to all of our friends?  How many can we reach?     
I don't know how this may translate to attendance when the corona stuff miraculously disappears, but I do know the ones we reach are at least hearing the Word of God. 

I don't ask for many favors, but here is one that is easy and fun.  Share our message with your friends and family on Facebook and see what happens.   

Keep our church family in your prayers and please stay safe!   

In Christian Love,     

Pastor Trexler 

 

Peace Lutheran Church

1801 Port Malabar Blvd NE

Palm Bay, FL  32905

(321) 727-3131

Email: office@peacelutheranpb.org

Reverend David L. Trexler

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