Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." - Psalm 46:1

A Mighty Fortress

Dear Friend in Christ,

            It is an uncertain time in which we live.  The coronavirus has changed so many of our usual activities.  Hopefully things will get better soon, but who know how things will go?  Sometimes dealing with the coronavirus situation can make us feel a little overwhelmed and discouraged.

            Martin Luther also lived in an uncertain time.  Inspired by the above psalm, Luther wrote a hymn he called: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  In our times of trouble and difficulties, our God is indeed like a mighty fortress.  Like a fortress in times of uncertainty, God provides us with refuge and strength.  God is indeed a present help in times of trouble.

            Many of our church members are not currently attending our in-person worship services.  I fully support those who have decided not to attend.  I strongly discourage people who are in a high-risk group (such as the elderly and those with existing medical conditions) from attending until the situation improves further.  Of course, as always, people who feel ill should not attend.  For those who continue to stay at home on Sundays, we will continue to offer a printed at-home worship service and also a recorded worship service on YouTube.

            All those who do attend our in-person worship services are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and social distance. To help with air circulation, the church windows have been open and the exhaust fan at the peak of the church has been running.  Please dress according to the outside temperature.  As the weather gets cooler this fall, we’ll try to keep the windows open as long as possible.  Having fresh outdoor air circulate throughout our church building is an important safety factor.  To stay under the current guidelines of a maximum of 25 persons in a gathering, we are currently having two Sunday worship services (at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.).

            Things can be hard for us these days.  Especially in our times of discouragement, let us find refuge and strength in our God, who is indeed like a mighty fortress!

Your Friend in Christ,

Pastor Wayne