O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good…
His steadfast love endures forever!
Out of my distress I called on the Lord…
With the Lord on my side I do not fear…
—Psalm 118:1, 5, 6 (NRSV)

Dear Friends,

It’s very unusual, I must say, to be so much on the receiving end of your care. You’ll often hear that doctors make the worst patients. I would extend that to include all those who spend their work lives as caring professionals, which would include both me and my wife. We’ve become so accustomed to our roles as care givers, that being care receivers doesn’t seem to quite line up with the natural order of the universe. None the less, challenging as it may be, we are deeply grateful for every word of encouragement, every prayer, every gift of love and feeding that you have showered on Pam and me in these recent weeks of her illness.

Some of you know that Pam has set up an information page on a website called Caring Bridge. If you are interested in following along, go to caringbridge.org. You’ll need to establish an account with your name and email address, but then you can look up Pam’s page by typing in “Pamela Kidd Pleas” and clicking on the “Visit” button. We have been trying to stay in touch with everyone, but we’ve discovered that we have more friends and loved ones than we knew. The Caring Bridge website gives us a chance to keep everyone up to date, and I’d encourage you to give it a try.

At the moment, Pam’s situation is stable. She will be having her second treatment tomorrow morning, and we’ve been told we should begin to see some improvement in her symptoms in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we are grateful for every bit of good news. She seems to be tolerating the treatment well, and her recent bloodwork came back clear, which means she’s not having to fight with any discernable side effects, for the moment. It’s amazing how good these small victories can feel.

In the meantime, our pandemic lives continue. Next Tuesday a group of our lay leaders will be meeting online for the first time as a “Reopening Team” to discuss and begin planning for getting back to in-person worship services. We are all keeping a close eye on the news as it continues to unfold day-by-day. Our overarching concern continues to be the health and safety of our community. Please include us in your prayers, as we work to discern the safest and most faithful way forward for our beloved First Congregational Church.

Yours in Grace,
Rev. Kevin

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