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From Your Pastor
March 2019

We interrupt this program to bring you . . . WINTER.”

And what a dramatic winter it is. Ascension took the rare measure of cancelling worship on Feb. 24 due to the snowstorm – a blizzard that ended up dumping nearly a foot of snow, not to mention the blowing and drifting besides.

Which makes this an especially appropriate time to thank our snow removal team: Rick and Justin Krueger clear the parking lot, and Roger Knutson keeps our sidewalks and entryways clear. Thank you!

A couple of much-appreciated ‘snow angels’ also moved mountains of snow around at our home. Thank you to Nordean Krueger and Steve Guenthner!

All of which is a great reminder of our dependence upon one another. When we pray for our daily bread, God seems to have altered the old ‘manna from heaven’ strategy, because instead of raining our needs from above, God sends people.

Just now I walked down to the south doors to look outside, and saw a couple of our neighbor kids with sleds, greatly enjoying Ascension’s snow-mountain range.

I am curmudgeonly enough to think of winter and snowstorms as primarily an inconvenience, so it is fun to see young people accepting it joyfully as a gift.

Lent is upon us soon, and I wonder if Lent also can seem a bother and an inconvenience. Especially when we think it’s about deprivation – as in, giving something up for Lent.

But it is also an annual seasonal gift: a springtime for the soul. May our gatherings in Lent be like that – a promise that the snow and the cold will soon yield to a blooming spring. And until it does, come and be warmed within by a hearty bowl of soup and lively conversation with friends in Christ.

Pastor Mark Boorsma

Pastor Mark Boorsma