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Crow Wing County Public Health to host five vaccine clinics in May

Crow Wing County Public Health will be hosting five Covid vaccine clinics throughout the rest of May.

These clinics are for people age 18 or older, with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available at a variety of locations.

Registration is required and people should sign up for a session at: https://www.crowwing.us/1632/COVID-19-Vaccine-Registration

Individuals ages 16 or 17 should contact their healthcare provider for the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for that age group.

Clinics will be hosted at:

DateVaccine(s)LocationRegistration Link
May 12th: 12:30pm – 2:30pmJohnson & JohnsonCrow Wing County Community Services
204 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401
Register
May 19th: 12:30pm – 2:30pmJohnson & JohnsonCrow Wing County Community Services
204 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401
Register
May 20th: 9:30am – 10:30amJohnson & Johnson; ModernaGrand View Lodge – Gull Lake Center
23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468
Register
May 25th: 10:00am – 11:30amJohnson & Johnson; ModernaCentral Lakes College
501 West College Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401
Register
May 26th: 12:30pm – 2:30pmJohnson & JohnsonCrow Wing County Community Services
204 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401
Register

This week at Lord of Life… (05/10/21 – 05/16/21)

• We will be recognizing the high school seniors in our congregation at our services on Wednesday, May 12 (6 p.m.) and Sunday, May 16 (9 a.m.) Please join us in celebrating this exciting milestone in their lives;

• We are asking those interested in Summer Stretch to register at http://bit.ly/BLAsummer2021 by May 14th. Summer Stretch is an opportunity for soon to be Confirmation students to study the Bible, perform community service and spend time with others their age this summer;

• We ask you pray for our class of Stephen Ministry students as they continue their work toward becoming full Stephen Ministers and walking people during difficult times;

• We are getting all of our coffee makers and other equipment cleaned and prepared as we look to bring back in-person fellowship following worship services; and

• We are trying to get a number of Confirmation projects from the last few years cleared out of the Church and back to their homes. Please contact the Church this week to see if we have something of yours.

PastorSteve

Spring is coming in more ways than one

As I write this, spring is in the air. The snow that blanketed our world recently left soon after.  Though we live in Minnesota and need to be prepared for the possibility of snow yet to come until quite late into the spring, we live in the hope that even if it does, it won’t last long. Summer is coming!

 The weather this time of the year feels like a metaphor for our COVID time as well. We have endured a year-long winter and more. It has felt like a time of hibernation for many. We are sticking close to home and staying cautious.

 I realize that is not true for everyone. Some have questioned the extent to which we have taken precautions against COVID. Some have felt that we have overreacted. “Take off the masks,” proclaims a sign in my neighbor’s yard. “Covid is a hoax!”  Proclaims another sign. In my trips to stores and while driving by large crowds yesterday, it is clear that many in our community are rejecting the advice of health officials and are in agreement with my neighbor.

I am not an expert on the subject. I write this knowing that there is a great deal I don’t understand.  But I have to say that the politicization of this pandemic saddens me.  It is a medical matter, and in my naive mind, I have wondered why we can’t keep the conversation in the medical realm and not the world of politics.  What I can tell you is that my hope is we can be a positive vaccination congregation.  I realize that is wading into some controversial waters, but I believe it is worth it. 

 Those who have studied pandemics say that our goal is a thing called “Herd Immunity.”  This is where enough people in the population are immune which impedes the spread of the disease. As of now, we don’t know what level of immunity within our population will bring us herd immunity from COVID, but the estimates I have seen for other common diseases have ranged from 70% to 95%. Right now, I believe the estimates of the levels of vaccination are at about 30%. If there is one thing that I think everyone is in agreement, it is that we want these Covid times behinds us and herd immunity is what it will take.

 Out of care for those around me, I have received the vaccine. It was a relatively symptom free experience for me.  I did have a fever on the day after my second shot, but it didn’t slow me down and in fact I ended up getting more housework done on that day than I had in a long time.

If you are questioning whether to get the shot, I would heartily encourage you to do so. Love comes in many forms and this can be a way to love and support the larger community.  We do so, because our mission includes forming a deeper and richer connection to our community and each other in the name of Jesus Christ.  Let us get the matter of Herd Immunity behind us to get on with that mission as soon as possible.

God Bless you wherever you are!

Pastor Steve