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A Note from Ashley and Josh – May 2016 Newsletter

Last week was one of the most difficult weeks Josh has had in ministry. When I asked him for a blurb for the May newsletter, he responded, “Here’s what I have. I’m not sure it belongs.” That’s the thing about vulnerability: it never feels like it belongs.  Because our church is entering into a conversation about what it looks like to create intentional communities of belonging (undoubtedly a conversation about vulnerability), I’ve decided to share a bit of what Josh wrote:

“Last week was incredibly difficult. A local higher school committed suicide. He didn’t go to our church, but many of his friends do. I also attended the funeral of a four year old girl. She died from an inoperable brain tumor. I didn’t know her or her family, but my friend presided over the funeral.  I went to support him. That same friend buried his grandfather this past weekend. In addition, my brother was arrested a couple of weeks ago. He will go back to prison, again, for the third time. He has spent most of the last decade in prison. Lastly, my grandmother’s health has taken a turn for the worse. Doctors think she may have cancer, but they can’t find it yet. I have spent a considerable amount of time this week thinking about death. I have spent even more time wondering who God is in the face of death and difficulties. Also, characteristic of my personality, I like to avoid pain, but last week I couldn’t. I still had to call hurting kids and young adults. I had to prepare a talk on suicide for our youth. At some point, I had to write a sermon on prayer. Last week was incredibly difficult.” 

Consider this your invitation to join in and practice sharing life with us and with one another. See you at church and around town.

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