3rd Sunday In Lent
My dearest Church Family & Friends,
I greet you on this 1st Sunday of March, Holy Communion Sunday, the annual celebration of Women’s History Month with joy, thanksgiving, and total praise to a merciful and awesome God and for the powerful words of prayer for healing, strength, and courage that has been surrounding Bro. Martin, our Family and me during this past life changing month.
Yesterday, he underwent a successful open heart surgery to replace his infected mitral valve and remove a left atrial appendage. He did well but had a breathing tube which he was not happy with. They were able to remove the tube at 12:00 am. Unfortunately, this has irritated his vocal cords that were still healing from the stroke. He will have speech therapy today as we hope this will not affect his ability to swallow. Pain management is the focus for the next 3-5 days while he’s in ICU.
I cannot stop praising God, the Great Physician and thanking him for the St. Luke’s medical staff and especially for each and everyone of you. Our Family loves each of you passionately and we’re so grateful to have you in our lives, for a time such as this .
Since many of the women’s suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women’s History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to:
“Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.
We invite you to this month’s celebration of women. Come let us worship together!
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26.
Pastor Clarissa, Bro. Martin, Our Adult Children, The Girls, and Amme Joy
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison