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Our Pastor
 Kathy King
(507) 382-2483

April 2024
A message from Pastor Kathy...

He Lives!

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Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20: 16-18 NIV

Easter greetings! What better news for followers of Jesus Christ than Mary’s news, “I have seen the Lord!”? Despair, fear, and grief are quickly replaced with the incredulous news that Mary has seen Jesus—alive!

Two thousand and twenty-four years have passed since Mary shared the news of the Risen Christ. I wonder, have we misplaced the despair, fear, and grief of Jesus’ crucifixion with complacency and boredom? Yeah, I know. I’ve heard the story many, many times. Do we look more forward to the Easter dinner than worship and celebration with our church families that shows God his people are still amazed by the salvation offered through the Son?

We all know that our attitude plays a big role in how we experience the events in our living. A few people chose to be a part of our Lenten studies these past 6 weeks. Those who attended had the opportunity to consider opening our hearts and shedding the complacency of familiar stories to see Jesus as more than our Sunday School Jesus. I hope that each one of us can step out of the mundane, open our hearts to Jesus, and see him and the grace of his incredible gift of salvation in a new way.

As those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and consider ourselves to be today’s disciples of Christ, we have work to do. That work begins with prayer and contemplation. How do I see Jesus? Who do I say Jesus is? What is the work I feel Jesus has for me to do? All im- portant questions. The answers could show our gratitude to a God who loves us and wants us to know the abundance and grace in living the Jesus Way.
Easter people, have you heard the Good News? Jesus Lives!  Alleluia.

About Pastor Kathy...

 

Kathy King serves as the Pastor of the Prairie Lakes Parish - a three-point charge consisting of the Blooming Grove, Janesville, and Waterville Evangelical United Methodist Churches.

Pastor Kathy lives in Janesville with her husband Jerry and their three four-footed girls: Beatrice, Mocha, and Winnifred.  Kathy and Jerry have three sons - Clint (and Julie), Jeremy (and Tiffany), and Aaron (and Trista), eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. 

Pastor Kathy has a degree in English and Communications, and in 2022, completed the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship Course of Study for Licensed Local Pastors. Kathy has a heart for the rural church and the relationships made possible through the example of love shown through Jesus Christ. 

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