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JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

“The Lord’s Faithful Love” (Our 150th Anniversary Theme)

From the Pastor

FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

I recently came across an interesting statistic. Gallup had conducted its annual November poll to ascertain the mental health of Americans. Ever since they began asking Americans to rate their overall mental health, at least 81% of Americans rated it as excellent or good. This year it dropped to 76%, with only 34% saying that it was excellent.

Of course, this is no surprise to anyone who sees how the battle against the coronavirus has affected people. We should not be shocked to hear that this decline affected men and women, Republicans and Democrats and independents, married and single, and people of every ethnic group, age, and income level.

There was one exception. One demographic group actually had 4 percent more people who rated their mental health “excellent” compared to last year: those who attended church weekly. Meanwhile, among those who attended only “almost weekly/monthly” or “seldom/never” those reporting excellent mental health this year dropped by 12 percent compared to last.

We don’t go to church to make ourselves happy, but rather first to receive God’s gifts and then to be invigorated in our lives as God’s people. But, of course, we can’t deny that it also helps our emotional well-being. So, if you are able to get out and about, why not make it a point in 2021 to come to church every week? We’ve taken precautions to make worship as safe from covid as we can. Worship will do a lot of good for your spiritual health—and apparently for your emotional health, too.

THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED!

I would like to thank everyone who has helped us through this difficult year: the people who helped us run the food pantry; those who bought gifts and food for the children at Christmas; those who served as officers of the congregation; those who stepped in to help when our organist died; and those who contributed financially to the church.

TAKING DOWN THE TREE

We will take the Christmas tree and other decorations on Saturday, January 16, beginning at 10 am. It usually doesn’t take as much effort to take down everything as it does to set everything up, but it would help if we had a couple people to share the workload.

THEOLOGY TODAY

We took December off, but when the group meets next on January 31, we will finish Callings for Life: God’s Plan, Your Purpose by Jeffrey Leininger, namely, by reading chapters 4 and 5 (pp 95 to the end).

DON’T FORGET…MAY 2, 2021

We will celebrate our 150th anniversary in a special service on May 2, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Allan Buss, President of the Northern Illinois District, preaching.