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

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Paul is telling us that he can do all things through Christ, and that is a reminder that we can do far more than we think. I can remember numerous occasions when we thought that something was too difficult. We thought that the 2021 VBS was not going to work, yet a number of our people came together to create and support a successful Vacation Bible School.

We were nervous about Popcorn Days, but Jim and Cathy McDonough did a wonderful job organizing the food stand as people volunteered and did the demanding work that was required. We were afraid that the 2022 VBS would be a strain on our volunteers, but Vacation Bible School was not as difficult as we thought.

In all these endeavors, Christ has provided the spirit and the energy to fulfill his call to reach out to the community. We, like Paul, can say that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Before you tell me that you are being naïve, pastor, we really can’t do everything. You are right, we can’t do some things. Christ, however, doesn’t call us to do everything. He calls us to do certain things like VBS and Purple Gang and the food pantry. He calls us to be listeners to each other and to be people who are willing to support one another, and Christ can strengthen us to do those things.

Our online devotional will occur on September 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

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 a reduction in inflation. Pray that we might resume the search for peace between Ukraine and Russia so that the amount of hunger does not increase around the world and that the risk of the war spreading might be reduced. Pray for our community, our troops, and the various people on our prayer list. Pray especially for Kirk and his upcoming procedure on his knee. Pray that he can recover from it quickly. Pray for rain and give thanks for the rain that we have received. Pray for the victims of drought and floods in this country. Pray for the victims of floods in Pakistan. Pray for a successful school year for our children and teachers. Let us pray for our troops who are still deployed overseas.

May God bless and keep you,