From District President Becky Haltaufderheid

The 2020 Heart to Heart Spring Retreat (4/17-18) at Camp Luther is CANCELED

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Dear sisters & brothers in Christ,

We are in the season of Lent, but it does not feel like it. Schools have closed, businesses sent their employees home to work, stores are closing, restaurants are only serving carry out, and churches are closed. All until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Governor has ordered gathering of 10 people or less in any one space. Despite this announcement, we need not fear, Jesus is always by our side and knows what’s best for all His children. “God is our refuge and strength, a very pleasant help in trouble” Psalms 46:1.

Our spring rallies around the district have been canceled, as well as our Heart to Heart spring retreat. These cancellations have been made to abide by the Governor’s order and to protect our most vulnerable ladies within our district. The most important way to protect yourself is through minimal contact with others and washing our hands. Ladies, we are great huggers, but we will have to put this on hold for a period of time. As you wash your hands frequently for 20 – 30 seconds, recite “The Lord’s Prayer.” This will make sure the germs on your hands will be washed off in more ways than one. I have a sign in my bathroom that states, “Wash your hands and say your prayers, Jesus and germs are everywhere.” How appropriate is this during this pandemic.

This is a beautiful time to stay close to Jesus as we are isolated from our friends and perhaps family. As we observe Sunday services in a different fashion – small groups or by Livestream, we are strengthened by His Word: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” Psalm 46:10  and “He only is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken” Psalm 62:6.

Join me in being a prayer warrior as we pray for God’s: strength to all those affected by the virus, comfort to those that mourn, peace to those with increased anxiety, protection for the medical staff helping those who are sick, and thanksgiving for all the blessings we have surrounding us at this time.

Serving joyfully.