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Some thoughts from the Pastor…… 

(Read Mark 4:26-34)

The Parable of the Seed Growing  26 And he said, The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed  30 And he said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

How much goes by us while we sleep!  Some Sundays I think whole sermons have been preached while we slept. Interest rates go up and down; the economy rolls on -- while we sleep. People go to work and come home again -- while we sleep. Dictators rise to power; children starve to death; tragedies strike; families are destroyed by violence from within and without -- while we sleep. Wars are being fought; disasters happen; jobs are lost; neighbors suffer all around us -- while we sleep. The world goes on without us -- whether we sleep or whether we are awake. Morning papers, television morning news shows, and your local radio let you know what’s going on while you sleep (even though we often can do little about it). So, more than occasionally, we wonder where God is. What is God up to? Amidst those things that happen in our world (to which we wake every day) what is God doing?  Where is God reigning?

One of the places I think of these days is the work of the PFSM health ministry; particularly in the work of the Parish Nurse Ministry.  This ministry was started because so many people fall between the cracks of our health care system. Over the years so many people in our community have received visits, help with health issues, and referrals to the right medical professionals. There have been many prayers said, prayer shawls given, rides provided, errands run, all for those who have a health-related need. Many of those who have been helped have no family close by and no other resources for getting the help they need. 

Where is God reigning? Ministry is being done in the name of Jesus and for his sake through a million little things; one of which is the Parish Nurse.  Because of confidentiality issues things happen while we sleep, so to speak. The problem with not talking about it is that no one knows the great work being done here except those who are ministered to and those who are helping them. Of course, if no one knows about this ministry they cannot volunteer to help with it! (Please, please, please volunteer.) The other issue is that without recognition, funding soon becomes a problem as well.  The Parish Nurse Ministry was organized by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.  It is not funded by the congregations of Prairie Faith and is not in our budget. It continues solely on the generosity of donations from individuals or organizations within the community. (Please, please, please consider a contribution.) This ministry serves and advocates for health issues to anyone in our community, not just PFSM members. (Please, please, please let us know of those with needs.)

So much goes by us, while we sleep. The world goes by. And it is frightening, and we wonder where God is in all of it. Just know that the seeds of the Kingdom of God have been sown in Jesus. And, in we who are his body on earth. Though we may seem weak and insignificant to the world around us; in places like the Health Ministry and Prairie Faith Parish Nurse programs: The kingdom is growing.

Maybe you can see the seeds of the Kingdom plated in you?  The Kingdom of God is like THAT!


Pastor Randy



In Prayer We Present our Thoughts to God

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To pray, I think, does not mean to think about God in contrast to thinking about other things, nor does it mean spending time with God instead of spending time with other people. As soon as we begin to divide our thoughts into thoughts about God and thoughts about other things, like people and events, we separate God from our daily life. At that point God is allocated to a pious little niche in some corner of our lives where we only think pious thoughts and experience pious feelings. Although it is important and even indispensable for our spiritual lives to set apart time for God and God alone, our prayer can only become unceasing [prayer] when all our thoughtsbeautiful or ugly, high or low, proud or shameful, sorrowful or joyfulcan be thought in the presence of the One who dwells in us and surrounds us. By trying to do this, our unceasing thinking is converted into unceasing prayer, moving us from a self-centered monologue to a God-centered dialogue. To do this we want to try to convert our thoughts into conversation. The main question, therefore, is not so much what we think, but to whom we present our thoughts.

Nurse - Singfest2


     Do you enjoy Christmas Caroling? The Prairie Faith Health Ministry invites all of you to join together on Sunday, July 14 for an afternoon of Hymn Caroling in the community! A lineup of your favorite old hymns and songs will be plannedto bring a bit of joy to the residents in the long-term care facilities in Ellis and WaKeeney as well as to those in the community who find it difficult to leave their homes. If you know of someone who would enjoy the group stopping by to sing, let us know, and we would love it if you would suggest your favorite old-time hymns for the song list.

The group will meet at Bethlehem at 2:00 p.m. to carpool for singing. Well wrap up the afternoons fun with an ice-cream social at Bethlehem after caroling. No need for you to bring anything except your voice and your enthusiasm!

Questions? Contact Donna at 785-769-3194 or Margaret at 785-769-4778 with any questions or recommendations. Bring a friend or co-worker along! See you on the 14th!

 Nurse - UV Safety

Although summer brings thoughts of sun protectionit is actually an important health practice every day of the year whether its sunny or cloudy outdoors! The incidence of skin cancer is increasing, and it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop it in their lifetime. Skin cancer can be serious and even deadlyits not just a spot on the skin.


       Here are some simple things to remember:

  • Sun damage is also connected to premature aging, wrinkles, leathery skin, freckling, and other skin discolorations.

  • Check your birthday suit on your birthday! If you notice any skin changes, itching or bleeding, make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early.

  • See your optometrist every yearless than 1/3 of Americans report that they schedule an annual eye exam. Extended exposure to the suns UV rays is linked to several eye problems (cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, pterygium) that affect your vision. Discuss UV protection for your eyes with your optometrist.

  • Stick to the shade when possible, especially during the peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are the strongest.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors when possiblelightweight cotton or linen fabrics offer coverage but allow for cooling breezes.

  • Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your eyes as well as your skin.

  • Wear UV resistant sunglasses (not all sunglasses are protectivecheck the label).

  • Generously apply water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher to dry skin 20-30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating every day when you go outside, all year long.

  • Use lip balm with sunscreenskin cancer can also form on lips.

  • Use extra caution near snow, water and sand, as these surfaces reflect damaging UV rays.

  • Avoid use of tanning beds. Try a self-tanning lotion if you want your skin to have more color.

  • If you take any medications, ask your pharmacist if there is an associated risk of sun sensitivity, and exercise appropriate caution.

Sources of information: American Academy of Dermatology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

(As always, your parish nurse is available to confidentially help you research a health/wellness topic.)

Click here to see our Nurse Ministry July Newsletter Insert -----> July 2019.pdf

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