September 2020 Elder Report from Tim Diestler

Trying to get a school district ready to accept students and staff back during
the pandemic has been a bit challenging. Health officials, government
agencies, and people’s general concerns all have to weigh in on every
decision that the administrators and the school board makes. Then all those
thoughts and ideas get put into a plan (that can and does change often) which
must be implemented by each building. Some of this gets to my desk at
facilities where we have to turn these plans into solutions. How do you feed
over 4,000 children and keep them at a safe distance from each other? How
will you protect the staff while doing this? How will they all get a drink of
water without touching the bubbler? How will they walk down the hallways
and not get too close to each other? How do you keep everything clean and
sanitized? And the list goes on and on…

The same questions are being asked as we decide how to begin meeting together indoors and when to let the children’s ministry ramp up. Thank God He has blessed us with being able to meet outside and use technology to continue to worship together as a body. We as leadership are working on plans to move forward in a safe

Please be in prayer for that and for God to take this virus away. At my job as a facility director I can’t promise that everything we do will work to keep the schools open. We in leadership will not have all the answers on how to open up when the time comes. We can talk and plan and do the best we can, but our best laid plans and ideas can fail. Sometimes I can get discouraged and overwhelmed by
all that is going on right now. I think David felt the same when you read his Psalms, but as you read them you see that in many instances, he would repeat God’s promises back to him. As Moses was giving his leadership over to Joshua, Moses gave Israel one of God’s great promises that He would never leave us or forsake us.

Thinking about God’s promises during trials gives me a better outlook on things. Some of my favorites are: In my Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me. Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit. All things work together for good to them that love him.

Those are just a few. Look up others or google God’s promises and read though them. Whatever may happen or whatever you may have to face, remember you have a God who loves you and wants the best for you. –Tim Diestler

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