Your Help Needed for Chase Coleman
One of St. Paul's youths, Chase Coleman, son of Shawn and Beth Coleman, was involved in a serious diving accident on June 24. The resulting injuries to his spine caused him to lose sensation and mobility from the waist down. He was life-flighted to Geisinger in Danville, where he underwent emergency surgery. Chase is alert and able to talk, but he will be hospitalized for several days, and then will be transferred to Philadelphia for a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Doctors are hopeful for healing in time. Please keep Chase and his family in your prayers: for Chase, for healing, patience, and strength; and for his family, for strength and comfort.
In addition to prayers, there are two ways we can assist the family with the many expenses they will incur:
1. You can donate online to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/care-for-chase/donate
2. You can mail or drop off a donation at the Gratz Bank (mention that it is for Chase's fund): Gratz Bank, c/o Chase Coleman Medical Expenses, 1625 West Main Street, P.O. Box 816, Valley View, PA 17983
Cards can be sent to: Chase Coleman, 614 Valley Road, Hegins, PA 17938
Thank you in advance for any and all the ways you can provide support for Chase and his family.
Pastor Ray's Corner
There’s an old saying – you never appreciate water until the well runs dry. I believe that over the past few months, we have all discovered “dry wells” – activities we used to do, places we used to go, items we used to purchase. And there are lots of rules, intended for safety, that nonetheless can be irksome at times.
So many things we took for granted, so many things we miss. I think one of the most significant things I heard a church member say awhile back was, “I’ll never take going to church for granted again.” Thankfully, we are once again gathering in church for worship, which is ok for some people. But masks and social distancing, which we need for mutual safety, don’t work for everyone. And some folks are very concerned about going out in public at all. In short, we have a variety of levels of concern, and we need to do our best to respect that, wherever someone is at.
But rather than focus on the dry wells, or even the different views on things, there is much that has very gently, subtly, appeared in our lives, that we can celebrate:
1. We have been forced to slow down. Our crazy hectic schedules came to a screeching halt back in mid-March, and even now we are only moving along at a crawl. Now does anyone really regret that? Does anyone really miss driving all over the place for meetings or errands? Hasn’t it been kind of nice to stay closer to home, and to consolidate errands into fewer trips? As one church member remarked, “I don’t think God ever intended for us to be as busy as we are.” Well then, maybe God is using the current circumstances to make us slow down.
2. And when we do slow down, when we both literally and figuratively stop driving ourselves crazy, we see from several studies that the environment heals a little bit. Air pollution and smog dissipate, and animals return. Even noise pollution lessens so that you can hear the sounds of nature that have been drowned out for so long by traffic and other human-made noises.
3. And when we are “stuck” at home so much more, we do more home cooking (less fast food), and even sit down TOGETHER to have meals. What a concept!
Friends, while there are important things in our lives and in our community that are currently not the way we would like, and while there are very serious health concerns that need to be treated with all due respect, it is refreshing to see that there are some positives as well. So while we are all busy staying safe, let us also try to appreciate – and maybe even enjoy – the surprising blessings that appear when the world slows down a bit.
Peace and Blessings,
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
2300 East Main Street
Sacramento, PA 17968