2021 Newsletters



January 2021



Dear Friends,

“Love is stronger than fear.” I John 4:18 “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I Corinthians 13:6-7

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8

Though it is not quite “heart” month, we are soon in the month when we think of love, largely because of Valentines’s Day. For most of 2020 I struggled to hear that message of love on our national and global scenes. Too much violence, blame, civil unrest, anger, threats, fear, covid-19, lies, deception, corruption. . .permeated our media and journalism. It was a heavy year. 2021 did not change, at least not so far. To balance out and get grounded in faith, so that I can meet the darkness, I like to meditate, especially on the fruits of the Spirit and on God’s love! In the NRSV the word love appears 538 times, each Biblical translation varies on that exact number. But nonetheless, whatever the number, love is a frequent word. Since “God is Love.” (I John 4:7) and I believe it is critically important to focus on God in difficult times, love has been the perfect word to meditate on. It can soothe ‘ruffled feathers’. Love strengthens one’s personal relationship with God and thereby, faith in him. Love offers hope and reminds one of God’s promises. Love exposes sin in all of its dark, messy, tangled deceptions and lies. Love lets the heart dance with joy and confidence. Love creates unity. Love strengthens the resolve that God has all of the stuff that we deal with in his almighty, sovereign hands and he will create and redeem it all. Love simply makes life possible and hope-filled. When we love, God lives in us in profound ways and that changes our relationships and our environment. So dear people of Adams, keep on living in love. You are a light and a sign of the living God.

Pr. Tamara J.K. Keen


In Sympathy and Prayers

(From Brian and Jill) Mary Crescentia Knueven was born Dec. 25, 2020 and admitted to the NICU at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. There she received the waters of Baptism from her father. In the following days, Mary became critically ill. Her final moments were spent in the arms of her parents Brian and Jill (Kuntz) Knueven. Mary entered the embrace of our heavenly Father on Dec. 29th surrounded by her father, mother and twin sister Catherine. Mary's spirit is still felt at the bedside of her sister, Catherine Ann who was born Dec. 27th. Catherine is in the NICU at St. Vincent and is in stable condition. Each day is a milestone for Catherine and her parents take comfort knowing Mary is watching over her. The bond of sisterhood holds them together although they have been separated in this life. The family wants to thank everyone who reached out to them with prayers and well wishes. Although they haven't responded to each of you personally, please know your messages of love and concern are appreciated and did not go unnoticed. Since the message above, Mary’s private service for family was held on Wednesday, January 13th Memorials can be made to All Saints Parish or the St. Vincent House at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. The St. Vincent House is a home where family members are able to stay, free of charge, when their children are under the care of St. Vincent Hospital. Memorials will be accepted prior to the Rosary and Mass or can be mailed to Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home at 25615 State Rt. 1, Guilford, IN 47022. Please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com


Jim Meyer, the youngest brother of Margie Ahrens and the late Bob Meyers, passed away on January 9th. His wife, Sharon, is the sister of Keith Abbott. His funeral was held at Gilliland Howe Funeral Home. His burial was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon. Memorials may be made directly to the family for a future memorial.

Alice Bryant, the sister of Ray Rose was welcome into Heaven. She lived to be 100 years old. Her burial is at Brownsburg, Indiana.


“May the peace that passes all understanding guard and keep your minds in Christ Jesus.”


COUNCIL NEWS

The Congregational Annual Meeting was held on January 17th following worship.

THANK-YOU to our council member who has served her full-term, Ronda Crum for participation.

WELCOME to Arlis Engle who is coming on to Council and to Kathy Wagner, who has finished her term and is staying on for another term. Installation will be on January 31st.

THANK-YOU to Carrie Werner for cleaning for the church and to Corinne Stroud for being our typist. Council has a possible cleaning lady, but we are searching for a typist.

If you or someone you know may be interested, please let a council member know.

THANK-YOU to our Audit Team for their help with the financial records: Jerry Rowland, John Bohlke, and Alan Crum.

OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE ON THE BACK TABLE OF THE CHURCH. Please pick yours up, if you have not already done so.


CONFIRMATION and CHILDREN

Thank-you to all the students who assisted in this past Christmas Eve service. Designing a program that could include as many children as possible and keep to the Covid-19 guidelines, seems to have worked out. Thanks for your cooperation and willingness to participate. Confirmation Class will not meet on January 20th. We will resume on the 27th. Chapter 4 on Miracles will be due. Memorize the books of the New Testament and Hebrews 11:1 for your journal assignment. 7:14

PRAYER PEOPLE

I ask that we continue to pray for our country, the world and the church. May corruption be exposed and justice administered. May honesty, integrity, righteousness, justice and peace of the Lord God shine forth in His people. May our freedoms, especially for worship be protected. Shield and empower those who seek to do your will, God. Amen. WORSHIP Largely, given the continued Covid-19 illness, Council has discussed and decided to offer Ash Wednesday worship on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Maundy Thursday service on April 1, 7:00 p.m. There will be no meals and there will be no mid-week Lenten services. As Holy Week draws closer decisions as to what that looks like this year will be discussed.