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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1(NIV)


Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

When troubles surround you, where do you go? Do you have a trusted friend, a safe place, or a treasured family member? What do you do if the friend is not available, or the family member is experiencing an emergency of his or her own?

The Psalmist answers the question with God. God is his refuge. God will help him and provide strength. How does he know this. He says that God has ended wars and brought desolations on the earth. We might say that God broke the power of Nazi Germany as Dunkirk was miraculously evacuated due to weather and some odd circumstances and the D-Day invasion was aided by the weather and a few weird coincidences.

We have also seen the work of God in more recent history, with the collapse of the Soviet empire, the ending of apartheid, and the success of the Civil Rights movement. I can think of several events in my life and in the lives of others that could not be explained logically and seemed to defy the odds. I am sure you can recall a few events like these yourselves. I hope that you attribute these happenings to God as I do.

Some people rely on their bank accounts or the strength of their families or their own power or influence, but all these things can and do fail. Bank accounts do get wiped out, families get hit by disasters, and friends change. Power and influence fade and disappears. God’s love and power never do.

If you wish to mail a check, you can use the following address: First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 69, Schaller, Iowa 51053, or you can drop the check off at the State Bank of Schaller.

Please pray for our leaders. Pray for the people of Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia. Pray for Mark Diersen, Dexter Meseck, Steve Schaefer, and Shelly Fenner. Pray for the churches in our Presbytery who do not have a pastor. Pray for our schools. Continue to pray for the people on our prayer list. Pray for our Purple Gang program. Let us pray for our troops who are still deployed overseas and for those who are struggling with their wartime experiences.

May God bless and keep you,


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