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Dear Berlin Center and LeValley UMC Church Family, May 2016

I am starting my letter to you with a conclusion I hope to be true soon.


“I have much more to say to you, but I don't want to write it with pen and ink. For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face. Peace be with you.”   3 John 13-15   

The same letter starts out in 3 John 1-4:  Greetings  This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.”

Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

As I write this letter I wish that I could say that my body was as healthy as my spirit.  I have made some improvement with your kind prayers, lots of rest and water, and new medication.  In Christ, I am rebuking sickness in my body and praying that each day my voice will get stronger and my physical strength will return.

I still don’t have a firm medical diagnosis, but it might be a combination of things. I am still waiting for more blood test results to come in.  The Thyroid gland could be causing much of the muscle weakness issues and I am on medication for that.  The Lyme’s disease I use to have back in the 80’s might have come back so I am on medicine for that again.  I am on another medicine for bronchitis and laryngitis and I am hoping and praying that I will be able to preach this coming Sunday.  The voice is starting to get better, but if I talk too much it is still going in and out. The doctor wants me to get a lot of rest so I will be limiting my time in the church office this week working mainly out of my home office.  I will also postpone home and hospital visits and most meetings for at least another week.  Thanks to all that covered the pulpits, Roland Smith, Dick Simington, and Ned Kuhlman the last two weeks for me.

Please keep our upcoming general conference May 10- 20th in your  prayers as well as new bishops being selected at another conference. Our current Bishop will retire soon so pray for her and the new one to be assigned to us as well. Our current assigned district superintendent Kennetha Bigham-Tsai is one of the nominations for bishop as well as a former district superintendent from Grand Rapids Laurie Haller.

 “I have much more to say to you, but I don't want to write it with pen and ink. For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face. Peace be with you.”

Pastor Ray