Letter to My Flock

April 3, 2020

Pastor Karen Crawford

The Presbyterian Church of Coshocton, Ohio



Dear friends,

I miss you so much! I hope you are doing well. Because of our inability to safely gather for worship and other groups for health and safety reasons, I will be sending out a newsletter to you each week giving you updates on what is happening with the church. It will be a way for me to stay connected with you! You may respond directly to my email with questions, prayer concerns, requests or needs, or just to let me know how your family is doing.  I welcome your at home photos! It would be neat to share some of them in our electronic newsletter each week.  Those who do not have email, will receive a paper copy in the mail.

Happy birthday today to Bill Gill and Louise Mickelson, Nala Layton on Saturday, and Julie Smith on Sunday! Happy belated birthday to Jo Kaser (April 1) and Tom Magness (April 2).

Happy anniversary to Lance and Dawn Fulks (April 4)!

Some of you have already received a check-in phone call from me. If you haven’t already, will you put my number into your contact list so you don’t think I am a pesky telemarketer when I call?    My number is 321-634-4870. I am calling to say hello and ask if you need anything, and to be available for prayer, questions, storytelling–whatever will help you during this difficult time. Consider it a “home visit.”  I just want you to know that I am still your pastor and we are still the Church together, no matter what happens in the world around us. Praise the Lord and rejoice always!

Worship online will continue this Sunday for Palm Sunday through my blog: pastorkaren.org and through links or video posts at the church Facebook site, as well as my Facebook site. For the first time ever, I will be sharing my messages with you from my home. Yes, it feels strange to me, too. But we will continue to worship, including on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday evenings, in spite of our not being able to gather together in our building. Praise the Lord that we are able to do this!

Those who ordered Easter flowers will still receive them! They will be delivered on Good Friday to the church and will be available for pick up outside the chapel entrance beginning around noon. Contact John Addy to make other arrangements for delivery if you are not able to be there for pick up.

Here is a link to one of my audio devotions this past week:


Here is a link to last Sunday’s message–text, audio and video and bulletin. I read a story to the children, as well.


God bless you and keep you in His tender care!


Pastor Karen

Rev. Karen Crawford

The Presbyterian Church

142 N. 4th Street

Coshocton, OH 43812-1581

740-622-0486   •   presbyteriancoshocton.org

God’s love is here for you!


Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

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