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    Author: Janice Catrone

    Category: The Pulse 2020, The Pulse - 2020.01 Issue 1, The Pulse - 2020.02 Issue 2

    A Time of Renewal

    TOMORROW IS NOT ONLY the beginning of a new year, but a new decade. It seems that Y2K and the mark of the new century was not that long ago. Time is funny like that; it passes by quickly, and it never stops, which can be a harsh reminder of the short time we have on this Earth.  Luke 1:78-79 (GW) tells us a new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful…He will guide us into the way of peace. As followers of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we look forward to the Eternity that awaits us – Hallelujah! 

    Life’s journey on Earth is filled with both happiness and pain. What an honor and privilege to know that we can both praise our heavenly Father with thanksgiving of hope and gratitude and lay down our burdens of hardship and struggle before Him – anytime. God listens, and He hears our prayers and our praises.

    We also have each other to lean on in our time of need. As a church body, we are brothers and sisters in Christ, a relationship unlike any other. In times of struggle and hurt, it is said in Galations 6:2 (NLT), share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. In Matthew 18:20 (NLT), it is written:  For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them. 

    So, it is in this way that we can reach out to one another, as a Church family… to lift each other up, to support one another, to be present. One of these ways is through Stephen Ministry. There are currently 9 Stephen Ministers at WEFC who have trained extensively to be present in your life, to walk beside you in a one-on-one care relationship. Stephen Ministers hold a unique position within our church, chosen and gifted by God to provide emotional and spiritual support during times of trials and difficulty. Stephen Ministers provide hope, kindness and grace.

    So, on this New Year’s Eve, and the dawn of a new decade, be resolute in your commitment to yourself. If you would like to meet weekly with a Stephen Minister in a trustworthy, confidential care relationship, you may contact the church office, who will put you in touch with the Stephen Ministry Care Coordinator, Linda Papertsian. You may also approach any Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister directly. You don’t have to walk alone – walk in the light of Jesus, knowing that He will never leave you or forsake you.

    The Stephen Ministries organization is based in St. Louis, MO and serves more than 13,000 congregations, representing more than 170 Christian denominations from the USA, Canada and around the world.