I’m hoping by the time you read this someone will be complaining about how much rain we’ve gotten in a 24 hour span. That’s my hope at least. I’d settle for six hours of slow, constant rain followed second helpings of the same. And then another three days of more of the same. Maybe a two day break and then more rain. Yes, I’m getting greedy here and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that.Celebrating birthdays this week are Etta Marie Mutschink on the 22nd and John Mutschink on the 28th. On the 25th Keven and Tennile Kothmann will celebrate their anniversary, as well as John and Teresa Koock on the 26th. Have a wonderful celebration.Prayers this week were asked for Maribelle Hoerster and Katherine Koock, as well as continuing to pray for Mike Wood and Dolores Wilson. Please remember our housebound or those in nursing homes, they are our family and have always been there for us, Etta Marie Mutschink, Pearl Leifeste, Dick Pierson, Jane Krause, and Anna Grace Durst.I spent last week in San Antonio taking some “me time” and was there when my nephew, Kyle Pierce came home from his Naval deployment. He’ll be home for two very short weeks but I know he’ll appreciate every moment. Watching him play with his much younger cousins was a joy, knowing that he was home safe and hearing all of their laughter. This is why our soldiers do what they do, to protect their homes, OUR homes and our way of life. I saw a poster just today that meant something: If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a soldier. Always remember our fighting men and women as they do their duty—Kyle Pierce, Matt Krause, Amanda Adams, Josh Calhoun, Stuart Jordan and Taylor Slocum.We welcomed our new pastor and his wife this past Sunday with a covered dish dinner. Cliff and Vicki Krcha are moved into parsonage and have hit the ground running. It was nice getting to know them, and I’m sure in no time we will grow to love them as much as we did our pastors from the past.Pastor Cliff spoke about how even after three years with Jesus, the disciples still had doubts, but that God knows we doubt, and it’s okay, because he loves us anyway. He has faith in us. Doubt is just part of the journey we go through on our way to Him. The most important thing we can do is to teach others by example, teach them by how to live right by how we live our lives. God knows we have flaws, He created us, but He loves us no matter what. Even when we make mistakes and forget how much He loves us, God will always be with us until the very end. Amen.