Sunday, 22 March 2020
One Week In

A week ago, Mt. Calvary decided to cancel face-to-face worship services for a few weeks. At the time, it may have seemed premature or alarmist. Today, I think the only Church services in Milwaukee were online. The speed at which all of this is happening is really astounding.

This past week has been difficult – it is hard to focus, to stay productive, and to know what should receive most of my attention. I have a kind of “mental fog” about what to do next.  Some of this, I believe, is the process of adjusting to a new pace and flow for work, family, and my spiritual life.

Talking to others, I hear about the same “mental fog” and a feeling of not being as productive as we would like. Things just aren’t “normal” right now. Too many things have changed too quickly.

Here is what is helpful to me as I begin a new week:

  1. God is in control and I’m not. I’m learning again to depend on Him for my significance and not on what I get done.
  2. Jesus died to redeem me from the consequences of my sin, and He can redeem my days in a mental fog.
  3. I am blessed beyond what I can imagine and certainly what I deserve.

This morning I asked people to send me their “faith stories” and I would share them at the end of the week. I am drawing enormous encouragement from seeing God at work in the lives of His people. This helps me see God has a purpose for my life, even when I am confused, unfocused, and unproductive.

To all who have sent in their “faith stories,” THANK YOU. You have blessed me and I look forward to how it can bless others.

In Christ,

Pastor Dan Czaplewski

Posted on 03/22/2020 6:24 PM by Pastor Daniel P. Czaplewski
25 Mar 2020
Send an emailJoyce Kaestner
I do not have texting, but this is the essential portion of my story. My husband (Chuck) died at the age of 51, and I felt completely alone; friends disappeared (especially couples), people walked the other way, etc. My mom understood since my father died, but at 80 years of age, not 51. I leaned hard on my Savior, but still felt alone. My help came from Him through the Mt. Calvary family. They were there every time I needed something, on Sunday or elsewhere. I was led to those who did understand, and encouraged to continue writing my poetry. It was a release of all the pent up feelings I had kept hidden while he was alive. It has been an going continual walk, but I know I am on my way to heaven. Joyce

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