From the Pastor’s Pen 2/16/21

Still more snow!!!

Family, I pray you are well. Well it appears that we have not had enough snow yet! Stay warm and keep that shovel handy. A few quick updates.

Prayers for Rev. Woodard. Sis. Annie Woodard seeks prayers for Rev. Woodard as his condition has recently declined. I spoke with her this evening and she asks that you not reach out at this time but just continue in prayer for Rev. Woodard and the family.

“God, thank you for being with us right now. We confess that we don’t understand why things happen the way they do. We don’t understand why illness comes into our lives, but we do know that you walk every path of life with us. Remind Rev. Woodard that you are walking with him right now. Remind him that you love him, no matter what he is going through. I also pray for his family. Give them your strength as they care for him. God, we thank you that you never leave us, that you never forsake us, but you love us. We trust you, and pray this in your name. Amen.”

Rev. Woodard doing what he loves. Sharing the word!!

Tonight –PBS Airing of the Black Church. This is a reminder that tonight and tomorrow night (Tuesday 2/16 and Wednesday 2/17) PBS will be airing “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This is Our Song.” at from 8-10 pm. We will also be showing it on our regular prayer and call line for anybody who wants join in. For those who stay awake until it is over at 10 pm, we will have some discussion on both nights. (

Saturday Joint Church Fellowship| Dialogue on Race. On Saturday (2/20) from 3-5 pm, Progressive will engage in cross-cultural dialogue on race with members of Greater Galilee (Milwaukee), Grace Lutheran (Tomahawk), Trinity Lutheran (Waupaca), and Trinity Lutheran (Eau Claire). This is an important cross cultural dialogue in the body of Christ and we are appreciative of the opportunity to fellowship. If you would like to participate in the virtual fellowship, email me back.

Sunday Conversation on Building Community in A Divided World C. On Sunday at 2 pm, I will facilitating an online discussion with an organization called Echo Valley Hope on the subject, Widening the Circle: Building Beloved Community. It will be on zoom and on Facebook live. If you are interested in participating on Sunday, let me know or go to this link (

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