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A beautiful day in Moose Pass

It was raining lightly as we drove to Moose Pass for a summer cook-out. I thought, “shucks, I picked the wrong day.” as we drove north with wipers going back and forth. But as we drove past mile post 19 the sun begin to break through the clouds and as we came into the church parking lot the sun was out and the afternoon air began to warm. Following a short hymn sing (Methodist always sing for their meals!) we put the hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. We shared delicious dish of food and some fine cookies from Chuck and Gerry Young and the afternoon proved delightful and fun. Thanks to those that brought the food; Rose, Judy, Beth, and Julie; it was all so good and the fellowship was even better. Thanks Moose Pass….

Thank You!

He Is Risen!

A very big “Thank You” to all the good people of Seward and Moose Pass UMC that came to support the joint Thursday evening service at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Seward; it was a wonderful turn out and I certainly appreciate your faithfulness. And also another big “Thank You” for those that came to the Sunrise Service at the Sea Life Center on Easter morning, especially those that got so early to come from Moose Pass. You are all “salt of the earth” people!

A Reminder:

This Sunday at 2:00 pm, starting at the Sea Life Center, will be our annual chance to support the “Crop Walk for Hunger” here in Seward. Sure hope to see you walking with us.

The melt is on!

I walked Hannah (my dog) this afternoon around Seward and for the first time in a long time I didn’t wear my heavy hiking boots, but a new pair of walking shoes….very light and very easy to get on and off, so that was nice. The temperature was very comfortable….no heavy coat, just a light jacket; no gloves, the air felt good on my hands, and very little ice to avoid or do tiny step across (I think it’s called the Seward shuffle).
Everyone I speak to warns me that spring might be on the way, but surely we will get a least a couple of good snows before the warm weather arrives. Let’s just say I’m hopeful that I have almost completed my first Seward winter and all in all, it wasn’t that bad. I don’t know if I would have made it if it wasn’t for the wonderful people in the churches at Seward and Moose Pass, especially without my wife being with me. You cared about me and brought me wonderful surprised during Advent and invited me into your homes for dinner and made sure I didn’t spend to much time alone. You laughed at my jokes and seemed to appreciate my sermons as we worshipped our God together in song and praise. Thank you for your kindness and caring.
Now if I can just make it to the end of May when Patty arrives to become part of this community. I can’t wait.

Peace and grace,

Paul

Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan

We have watched as the people of Japan have suffered a great tragedy….estimates now stand at 10,000 people losing their lives…in the earthquake that measured 8.9 and the resulting tsunami. How do we respond? For those of us who are United Methodist, the best way is to give generously to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). 100% of your money will go to directly help those in desperate need, without administrative cost for that has already been covered through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering as part of our denominational apportionment.
Simply make your check to your local congregation and in the memo section put, “UMCOR/Japan.
May God bless you in your giving and may God bring comfort and recovery to the people of Japan.