This page lists the Joys and Concerns submitted by our members and friends while the church is closed and we are holding “virtual services”. Feel free to submit your own Joy or Concern!


Happy gardens and full hearts!

Joy entered by Jessie Wilson on April 2, 2021

Paul and I are very grateful that everyone in our household is healthy. We have been doing LOTS of gardening. We’ve just started to plant an area that will be over 100 feet long with flowers and shrubs. We are in the final stages of building our pond. Finally, we will be putting in a 6 foot by 12 foot greenhouse this year. We have sore muscles but full hearts.

A big thank you from Simenfalva

Joy entered by Sara Pickett on March 31, 2021

Rev. Sándor from Simenfalva said that the vitamins we sent got there! He is very grateful, says they will be given to old people to help with COVID-19, says Happy Easter and wishes many blessings for our congregation.

Recent arrival in the Chinburg family

Joy entered by Jon Chinburg on March 28, 2021

I am ‘over the moon’ happy to announce that my son Brandan and his wife Brianna brought their son Brian Travis Chinburg into the world last week. Mother and baby are doing very well!

The Piersons are grandparents

Joy entered by Sharon and Neil Pierson on March 19, 2021

Our daughter-in-law gave birth to Cyane on March 18, 2021. The family is living in Beirut so we won’t get to see her very soon, but we are getting lots of pictures.

Announcing the loss of Sylvia Kline’s brother

Concern entered by LeRoy & Sylvia Kline on February 14, 2021

Sylvia’s brother(Charles Schubert) passed away on Wed., Feb.10 after a long illness.

Congrats to my daughter!

Joy entered by Ed Kramer on January 29, 2021

My daughter, Heather got married on January 23. She and her husband, Chris returned from a short honeymoon and are now living in their new apartment in Seattle. I was not able to attend the ceremony due to COVID health concerns, but they “Zoomed” me in on a laptop so I could see everything and even offer a toast to the new couple. I’m very happy for them both.

Thoughts going out to a woman who has returned to the streets

Concern entered by Cindy Francis on January 18, 2021

Our unsheltered community is always on my mind. Especially now with the flooding and all the other uncertainties. I have one particular person I would like to to mention. A young woman who has suffered trauma her entire life as well as alcohol and drug addition. In spite of Arches finding housing for her and four fierce women and one tenacious man supporting her, she’s chosen to return to her abusive husband and life on the streets.

Keep thoughts of those with financial struggles due to the pandemic in mind

Concern entered by Connie Anderson on January 8, 2021

Please keep my family in your thoughts as we continue to struggle through the financial difficulties of a pandemic, as well as all the others struggling.

Healing thoughts to the Beverly family

Concern entered by Megan Roller on December 22, 2020

Healing thoughts and wishes to my friends the Beverly’s. Tonight, December 22, their daughter Jordan 16 and her father John were in a horrible accident. Jordan has multiple breaks throughout her body (mainly legs) and John has a broken arm.

Ann Hanus’ mother has been hospitalized with COVID

Concern entered by Ann Hanus on December 18, 2020

My 95 year old mother has been hospitalized in Cleveland after contracting COVID in her assisted care home. It’s been very difficult for her especially since we can’t see her. We hope she recovers soon.