Mar 21
March 21, 2020, 11:08 AM
March 21, 2020
From Gael:
It has been a weird week for many of us. Some are anxious and concerned about many things. Others are embracing the freeing up of time as a gift and opportunity. Some of us are just trying to adjust to our new schedule and responsibilities for the next few weeks. Regardless of where we are in our processing of these days, our Loving Father God is where God always is…..Present with us. 
This week St. Patrick was honored as the patron saint of Ireland. While the legends and acts attributed to him may not all be accurate, the value of the life lessons is still valuable. He is attributed with creating the following prayer. Read it slowly and notice which phase speaks to you.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
In developing our spiritual disciplines during Children’s Church, the kids have learned about “breath prayers.” These are short phases that can be said or thought easily in the span of a breath. St. Patrick’s prayer lends itself beautifully to using breath prayer. Take the phrase you picked as particularly meaningful and as you breathe in think the first part of the phrase and as you breathe out speak the second part. Sit comfortably, get still, quiet your mind and slowly breathe your prayer. Do this a number of times and notice what changes in your body, heart, and mind as you speak truth into this time we are living. 
I encourage you to talk about this as a family or call a friend and share it. What drew each of you to your phrase? How did using it as a breath prayer impact you? 
Continue to use this breath prayer or choose a different phrase each day for the next week. If you journal, write about how this impacts you. If you don’t journal, you may now have time to start. 
Consider starting each day with hope, truth and prayer and see what all God will speak into your heart during this time.
Blessings, Gael
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Thank you again for helping us during this incredibly trying time. Our community is strong, and together we will get through this.
Stations of the Cross: There will be Stations of the Cross this Easter. While we will not be able to have live actor Stations we can still walk them. The guidebooks will be out March 29 in the wooden box near the church driveway and the beginning of the Stations. There will be guidebooks for individuals, groups and children. While we still want to honor the CDC guidelines, individuals can walk the Stations as well as families. If you find others present at the Stations, keep a good distance between groups; use your good judgment. There will be disinfectant wipes. 
Parents: Watch your E news for positive ways and helpful ideas on receiving this time as a gift. Families of our children and youth will be receiving a weekly email from Gael with devotional and family fun ideas. 
Baby Shower Postponed:
We will be celebrating the birth of baby girl Stapp in July rather than March 29. We want to protect Traci’s health and to be together in celebration. If you want to give prior to then, you can order from Target or BuyBuyBaby and have gifts delivered directly to Kyle and Traci at home.
A church in our area posted this on March 18.
“Dear Church members, please prayerfully consider continuing your loving support of your vows to your church, minus, of course your presence.  
Your prayers, gifts, service, and witness are still needed as much now as always. Your tithes and offerings should be sent via USPS or online giving; as months of no gathered worship is probably making our finance committee a bit antsy.”
It sounds like it might have come from the church treasurer.
Prayer List:
Please pray for each of these this week as we pray for
our country and the world.
Chris Coley; Kathy Smith; Judy Deforest; Bert Cobb; Dorothy McLendon; Kevin Meinen; Jean English;
Honey Cuellar; Dorothy Volk; Alice Ballard; Buster Cavin; Corrine McBride, Allison McBride; Family of Michael Robbins; Linda Ryan; Lois LaCoss; Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; Annie Milam; Donna Loyd; Andrea Hannum; Jarret Rush; Reagan Grizzle; James McBride; Family of Harley Speed; Kathy Pancelli; David Warren; Tom Marker; Lorelei; Thomas Ramon; Coy Rowdon, Family of John Vail; Mildred Scott; Lowell Hampton; Louise Mullins; Samara Gilderson; Dawn Jester; Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Richard McDaniel; Leona Corkill; Kelly Davis; Family of Larry Diegelman; Gloria Fortin; Melanie Die; Don Harmon; Family of Kate Marley; Robert Volk; Rex Stallings; Danny Rhinehart; Kelly Davis; Aiden Gerhart
Thank You from Sue Diegelman
Dear Wonderful Church Family,
Words simply can't express how blessed I feel to be a part of this caring family. Your thoughts and prayers, your warm hugs, your words and cards of encouragement, and of course the delicious food have meant so much to me and my family. My daughter and I were especially moved by the floral spray in the sanctuary for Larry given by Linda's SS Class. What a welcoming sight that Sunday!
Thank you all so much for your love. Please join us on April 18 as we Celebrate the Life of my Guardian Angel.
God Bless You,
Mayor’s Order Now Prohibits
Gatherings Over 10 Persons
The San Marcos Area Chamber is dedicated to supporting our business community during this uncertain time.
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson moved to prohibit public or private community gatherings of 10 persons or more anywhere within the city limits. The new Order also adds new closures including common dining areas at food establishments, as well as bars, and is in effect until April 1, 2020.
Chase Stapp, Director of Public Safety for the City of San Marcos spoke with the Chamber about this Order, what it means for our business community and how you can keep your doors open.
The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce is monitoring COVID-19 virus developments, including updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, as well as state and city health departments
and other partners.
If your business is expected to experience adverse conditions as a result of the COVID-19 virus situation, please let us know directly. We are working to determine additional ways we can be supportive to our member businesses and organizations in this
´╗┐ever-evolving situation.