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Things are Changing in Koinonia!

I just wanted to give an update on how things are changing here at the Koinonia building! We have moved the crosses from the church to the building. The big one from the sanctuary is now hanging in K-Hall. The rose cross is in our office reception area. Heather’s office is in the process of moving to one of the offices here. We also are making way for Pantry Pack to move to this building, as well doing some rewiring in the kitchen. Plus, we have a new staff person, Lisa Hughes! It’s exciting to see things come together.

This gives me hope, for our ministry in this place. We may have an interim pastor and soon an interim worship space, but God is at work in our midst. Last Sunday during worship, I lifted up my journey in ministry, the lows and yet no regrets. For over 50 years Lutheran women of all ages have answered the call to ministry, for the last 40 years women of color, and for the last 10 years LGBTQ+ siblings. There were challenging times in those early days, and for some it still continues to be a tough road. But we all know the One who calls us is greater than all of those challenges.

This past week I heard a story about John Lewis, the U.S. representative from Georgia who passed away last Friday, July 17. After everything he had been through with the civil rights movement, his involvement in protests for justice and encouraging others to speak up when they saw injustices, he said the thing that no one could ever take away from him was his joy. He kept his joy for life, for love, for justice front and center.

So, I pray for the joy! I pray for hope! And I pray for “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Pastor Cynthia Schnaath

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