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  •             As we begin another month of quarantine I realize this time has gone fast, and it hasn’t been that bad.  I have taken advantage of this down time to get some home and ministry projects done that I have been putting off for a long time like installing my new salt water fish tank lights.  Many of you have taken advantage of this time as well.  I know this to be true because I have seen what many of you have been saying on Facebook and other social media that you post.  I have been getting a little more rest than I normally do, which is a good thing for sure.  In Matthew 11:28-30 it says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  I have been learning a lot about social media as I have made my first Facebook Live video, first post on Facebook, first share of Pastor Kevin’s Sunday messages, and first Zoom meetings on Wednesday nights with some of our church’s teenagers among other things.  I feel like I am really growing in this area, which before the quarantine was a weakness of mine.  I feel like I am still connected to many people in our church family through Facebook and social media.  I have really learned how big of a tool for the ministry it can be. This upcoming month I look forward to learning how to cook, establishing a workout routine, writing down and evaluating my life’s purpose statement and values, and reviewing and revising our church’s youth ministry youth volunteer job descriptions.  I am actually looking forward to this month!  Most importantly I want to grow more in my faith in God by establishing stronger quiet times with Him in prayer (see Matthew 6:5-15), studying the Word of God (see 2 Timothy 2:15), enjoying God’s presence in nature (see Romans 1:20), and by reading Christian books and youth ministry books that build up my faith in God, and in the youth ministry.  I have been sending emails out to the parents of our elementary youth, so their children can learn and grow with church at home programs.  Thank you parents for ministering to your young person during this time away from church.  Keep up the great work!

                I am still working full-time at the post office right now, but I get Friday and Sunday’s off from work.  I have been taking precautions on my mail route like wearing gloves, a face mask at times, cleaning and sanitizing regularly, taking a shower after work, and with following the main guidelines for Covid 19.  This quarantine has really made me realize what is truly important in life, and it has caused many of us to slow down and smell the roses, and enjoy life more.  This quarantine definitely makes me more appreciative of normal life as we all long to get back to normal someday soon hopefully!  Let’s continue to grow together this month, and hopefully we will be back together someday soon!

     

                                                                                     Growing through this time of quarantine,             

                                                                                                                                Youth Man Matt

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