Weekday Emailer to Members and Friends – 2020-03-24

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Tuesday 24 March 2020
A Weekday Emailer from
Matt Matthews
To Members and Friends of 
First Presbyterian Church
Champaign, Illinois
Dear Friends,
Rachel Matthews, our mission coordinator, wants us to keep our Mission Partners in prayerful mind. “People need to have information about what is happening with our mission coworkers and mission partners, which is rapidly changing,” she writes. See the attached newsletter for details.
Also, the Session has instructed the Nurture Committee to organize a “Phone Tree.” In Sabrina Hwu’s absence (she’s tending a sick aunt in California), Gary & Linda Peterson have stepped up. Volunteer, please. See below.
MISSION NEWSLETTER. Click this link .https://www.firstpres.church/HoM20200323
PHONE TREE: The Nurture committee has been asked to organize a phone tree. Volunteers will call on members of the flock. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Gary and Linda Peterson at 217-398-8504 or lindakpete@gmail.com
The Good Word: 
Matthew 28:16-20                              
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
Let Us Pray:
O God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
(Walter Rauschenbusch, 1861-1918)
Matt Matthews
Cell: 864.386.9138