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This time of year can be difficult for many people, for many reasons! With the Holidays behind us and the cold, dull weather upon us, it can be SAD! In fact, that's an illness many have called Seasonal Affective Disorder. You can look it up on Google, but it's similar to the post-Holiday, cold weather blues we all experience. Some of the symptoms are fatigue, feeling down/blue, and lethargic!
Any mental health issue needs to be taken seriously and if you are suffering depression, or anything related, please consult your doctor. There is nothing wrong with seeing a counselor to talk things over and I am here for you if I can help. 
One of the keys to counter this ailment of SAD is to be around light! Turn you lights on at home, consider a tanning bed (they say), or talk to and surround yourself with other people! Just like we do at church! The lights are on, the heat is on, and we gather around Word and Sacrament to help us all get thru this life together! 
Gathering around "Sacrament" means we have Holy Communion. The "Word" is the Bible living words being read to us and preached! Our second of two Sacraments is Holy Baptism! We remember those waters of grace as we come to the table, and as we listen to and discern God's Word for us. 
May God be with you in this and every time of year, as always, call/text/email me if I can serve or help you in any way!
1) Congregational meeting January 29th with a provided lunch after church! Come and get up to date on your family of faith, ask your questions, and vote on new Council members and the budget for 2023. 
2) Remember the Laundry ministry and Clothes Closet welcome your volunteer support and financial donations! Also, remember that Wheeler Elementary schools welcome our kleenex/tissue donations for the kids! Drop those in the lobby/narthex Sunday. 
3) Living Lutheran is our national ELCA church magazine! Lots of great information and news about the wider church at a very affordable price. To subscribe, go to or call 800-638-3522. It's worth it, in my opinion.
God be with you until we meet again!
+Pastor Doug