Ministry Updates for Monday, July 13th, 2020

 COVID-19 Re-Entry Challenge from West Ohio Conference

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) has asked The West Ohio Conference for assistance in providing hygiene items and face masks to our returning neighbors. If you would like to arrange a drop off at church, please call 937-696-2502. If you would like someone to pick up please contact Donna Thie. Please see attachment for more information!

The following scripture selection, reflection and prayer were contributed by Carol Barnes


Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.  Psalms 62:8


When recently cleaning out my grandparents’ house, I acquired a book titled Don’t sweat the small stuff… and it’s all small stuff.  It is a nice reminder that although life is generally a serious matter, we often worry about miniscule parts that are, in fact, small stuff.  One concept mentioned in the book is “be aware of the snowball effect of your thinking.”  Negative or insecure thinking can spiral out of control quickly if we allow it.  2020 has been a rough year to say the least and it seems like the more aware we are of various issues through news outlets or social media platforms, the more our anxiety can flare up.  Spending less time with family and friends or attending regular social events have taken a toll on our mental health.  Additionally, the cancellation of important events such as a graduation or weddings have pushed many of us into a grieving state as a previous Faith Connection mentioned. As such, a small flame can easily spread into a brush fire if it is not contained.

 As with many problems, the solution to stopping the snowball of negative thoughts is to catch yourself early.  Although the book I’m reading isn’t a devotional, I automatically thought to myself, “Take it to God.”  In times of trial, sadness, or unrest, say a prayer.  God is always listening.  He wants us to pour our hearts out to him on both our good and bad days.


Loving and listening God, forgive us.  We get wrapped up in our thoughts and concerns and overlook the power of prayer.  Help us to remember you are waiting for us to pour our hearts out to you even though you already know what lies within our hearts.  Amen.