ReMarks from PASTOR MARK W DOUGLAS
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From the Pueblo Sheriff COVID-19 Status Board Website:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds:

If you have any symptoms — even mild ones — public health urges you to stay home and isolate yourself until: 

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
  • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Anyone in your household you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the 911 dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.

From Psalm 46:1-3 in The Message:

God is a safe place to hide,
ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
courageous in sea-storm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

From Pastor Mark:

In the midst of not knowing we should find a safe place.  In a tornado the safe place is the basement or in the bathtub with a mattress over top.  In a rain storm the safe place is the high ground where the water won’t reach.

Where is our safe place in the time of COVID-19?  Our safe place as the Psalmist says in God.  More specifically in the person and life of Jesus.  Jesus promised a comforter – HOLY SPIRIT.  The Lord is with us in the midst of this pandemic.  Do not loose sight of the Lord.

Prayer in this time:

LORD – You are our safe place.  You and You alone provide us peace.  In the midst of our anxiety we know that you fight for and protect us as the Psalmist of old shared.  We trust you and pray for our health, the health of others, the health of the workers.  We love you.  AMEN.

Tithe and Offerings:

As our community of faith continues to weather this health crisis, we trust that we will survive it.  Part of this survival will be continuing to receive tithe and offerings.  Your generous giving allows us to continue to pay for the gas, electric, water, insurance, Conference Tithe, and pastoral ministry.  The co-treasurers have reached out the Free Methodist Foundation to release over $5,000 we had invested with them.  Those dollars will be arriving in the coming days to help carry us into April.  Those reserve dollars were being held for a time such as this. Once those funds arrive, there are no other financial reserves for the church to use.

Please continue to mail your tithes and offerings to:

Pueblo Light and Life Church
2602 2nd Ave
Pueblo, CO 81003 

Websites that are helpful—

PUEBLO SHERIFF COVID-19 STATUS BOARD WEBSITE:

FREE METHODIST CHURCH USA WEBSITE

THE RIVER CONFERENCE FACEBOOK PAGE

THE RIVER CONFERENCE WEBSITE

PUEBLO LIGHT AND LIFE WEBSITE