St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church
           Pastor's Message
          Dobrodošli!                           Welcome! 
   

Dear Members and Friends of St. John’s Windish Church:

I want to start by wishing each of you a healthy, happy, and blessed New Year.  It is so hard to believe that 2018 is upon us already.  It feels like time goes faster every year!

I was going through my computer and cleaning out some old files, as I do from time to time, and I came across this article.  I know that many people take stock of their lives and  make New Year's resolutions.  I used to do that, but year after year I would fall short.  So I just stopped making official resolutions. But given the state of our society, and the ways things are going, I thought perhaps these guidelines could enable us to create a more hospitable community.  The guidelines are applicable to any relationship from spouses to children to friendships to members of a congregation.

Guidelines to a Healthy Relationship:*
Each partner has the right to express what he or she feels or thinks.
Each partner has the right to tell the truth.
Each partner has the right to be trusted and believed.
Each partner has the right to be listened to and to be understood.
Each partner has the right to admit weakness without being ridiculed.
Each partner has the right to express his or her needs and desires and to be taken seriously.
Each partner has the right to be heard in the context of the moment without being reminded of the past.
Each partner has the right to grow.
Each partner has the right to seek help, friendship, and support.
Each partner has the right to be forgiven.

As we begin 2018, I hope you will join me in resolving to have healthy relationships with others.  The congregation is strengthened when we have healthy relationships.  So let's strive to have the healthiest possible congregation by making our relationships the best that they can be with each other.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the Christmas cards, well wishes, prayers, and goodies.  Your prayers and generosity are appreciated more than words can express.

* Reference:  Diakon Hospice St. John "Seasons" newsletter, July 2008.

In Christ,

Pastor Suzanne

Cell phone:  610-217-1375
Email:         strump@ptd.net