Day of Prayer and Fasting

Day of Prayer and Fasting
For the last ten years I have been calling us in LCMC to become more and more a people of prayer.  We have a great opportunity to do so this coming Sunday, March 22.  I would like us to dedicate this coming Sunday to be a day of prayer and fasting. 

Prayer and Fasting
Prayer and Fasting

What prayer concerns might you have? I have many, here are just a few:
Pray for our government leaders (Romans). Ask the Lord of Heaven and Earth that they would be able to come together to make wise and common sense decisions to protect the vulnerable and ease the financial burden on those affected by all the shutdowns.
Pray for those families who will be challenged to both continue to work to provide an income and at the same time care for their children who will not be in school, pre-school or day care.
Pray for the businesses in our communities who will be drastically affected by the mandatory shutdowns that they might survive, recover and thrive once again.
Pray for those who are working in the health care fields, those who will have direct contact with folks who are showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Pray for our congregations, leaders, and pastors that together we might be light in the darkness and salt to a world that still cries out in pain, hurt, confusion, and frustration.
And for all, in every nation that are suffering illness now because of this pandemic.

Here are some words from the Scriptures that I hang on to in times of trouble:
“Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares about you.” – I Peter 5:8.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” – Matthew 6 (the whole chapter).
Let today’s trouble be enough for today (one day at a time).
Romans 8:28: In all things, God works for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Psalm 23.
And finally, the three most often said words in the Bible: Be Not afraid.
Let us remember that God is faithful. He is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our God is greater than any virus or anything else in this world!
We will get through this, and there is a better day coming!

adapted from Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator, LCMC.

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

Love and Tolerance for Others

Love and Tolerance for Others
Pastor Cathy Hanus, Certified Holistic Health Coach
All Are Welcome at Our Table !


Health and Wellness
Spirit Health and Wellness, Is. 38:16.

Love and Tolerance for Others
Love and tolerance for others is our code. – ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84.
I have found that I have to forgive others in all situations to maintain any real spiritual progress. The vital importance of forgiving may not be obvious to me at first sight, but my studies tell me that every great spiritual teacher has insisted strongly upon it.
I must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form, but in my heart. I do this not for the other persons’ sake, but for my own sake. Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with my original problem. – Daily Reflections. © 1990. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services.

AA. Into Action p.84.
Step Ten discussion.

Simple Gut Heal Meal
Simple Gut Heal Meal

Healing the Gut
Organic Broccoli
Organic Cauliflower
Organic Pine nut based Hummus
Organic Vegetable crackers

What the World Needs Now
Jackie DeShannon

What the World Needs Now


Thank you, God, for the body of believers who are called to serve you, who are proclaiming the Good News to all who will hear. From those who minister across the country to the men, women, and youth here at home, send us out to be a light in the dark. Send us out to speak life. Send us out to extend grace and mercy. Send us out to feed the hungry, to befriend the lonely, to find the lost. Open the doors of this church and fill it with the broken, the angry, the hurting. Let them find forgiveness and comfort here in the presence of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen. – adapted from community prayer by Jennie McChargue.

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

Saint Patrick Health Wellness

Saint Patrick Health Wellness
Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!
Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach
All Are Welcome to Our Table!

Saint Patrick Celebration
Saint Patrick Celebration

Opening Prayer

Saint Patrick, Ireland
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

  • Anonymous.

Saint Patrick
Today we all remember Patrick, Missionary to Ireland

Patrick is one of the best-known of the missionary saints. Born to a Christian family in Britain around the year 389, he was captured as a teenager by raiders, taken to Ireland, and forced to serve as a herdsman. After six years he escaped and found his way to a monastery community in France. Ordained a bishop in 432, he made his way back to Ireland, where he spent the rest of his long life spreading the Gospel and organizing Christian communities. He strongly defended the doctrine of the Holy Trinity in a time when it was not popular to do so. His literary legacy includes his autobiography, Confession, and several prayers and hymns still used in the church today. Patrick died around the year 466.

There are times when God calls upon each of us to be attentive to the needs of our brothers and sisters, all people, with special concerns, in the Missional Community. It is our responsibility to engage and follow the call.

Nutrition Presentation
March is Natural Health Month
St. Patrick’s Day comes along mid March. Wherever and whenever we should aspire to make informed food best choices and continue to develop and share best eating and physical activity choices. Our theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”
We will savor some healthy flavors this St. Patrick’s Day.

Healthy St. Patrick’s Day tips

Be festive with Green:
Add more dark greens to your salad, such as baby kale, spinach, romaine and green leaf lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers, etc.
Be inspired to Go Green with your side dishes. Try Brussels sprouts, broccoli, edamame or green beans.
Pistachios and pepitas. Sprinkle on entrees, side dishes and salads.
Green tea is a good way to warm up and get antioxidants at the same time.
Sweeten up that fruit salad with kiwi and green grapes
Spinach. Add to your fruit smoothie to add extra fiber and iron.

More colors of the rainbow food possibilities:

Red – watermelon, apples, tomatoes, strawberries.
Blue/purple – blueberries, eggplant, grapes, red onion, blackberries
Yellow – banana, pear, pineapple
Orange – clementine, mangos, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe
White – cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic

  • some of our nutritional lesson today is borrowed from HyVee Foods
Traditional Saint Patrick Meal
Traditional Saint Patrick Meal

Saint Patrick’s Day Traditional Themed Meal
All Are Welcome to Our Table!
Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage
Natural grass raised lean beef
Organic red and green cabbage
Kale and Spinach
Roasted Brussels sprouts
Organic red spring potatoes
Irish Soda Bread
Fresh Butter
Green Tea
Red Black table grapes

with Pastor Michael

Saint Patrick’s Day Workout
Seven choice exercises accomplished seven times each

  • Bumble Bee Foods

Saint Patrick’s Day song

Saint Patrick song

Closing Prayer
Saint Patrick, Ireland
May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones,
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.