Randy and Katy Smelser

Americans living in Germany but citizens of heaven

In the Corona Era - Ministry

January 2021

Fireside chats…We have had almost everyone in the church and several non-church people over for “Cake and Coffee” outside on the terrace with a fire blazing. No one has stayed for less than 2 hours. With prep time we are outside over 3 hours and are very thankful for a warm house to come back into. With Lockdown Tight we are now allowed only one person for a visit. So we have had to cancel two dates with couples. We will see about having one person over.


We can not sing in the church services so we play music and have the text projected on the wall. We as a church want to do everything legal so for years we have had a license for playing CDs and singing music. We also have a license to copy the text and project them on the wall. All this means that we have to report what songs we have played or projected. Since Corona we have been using a lot of new songs to report and whereas before we seldom played songs, we are now doing it every week.
One project for July is to gather and list all the information about all the music and text that we have used in the first 6 months so that we can report it and stay legal.


We are doing fairly well with the situation. I think we are more tired than normal and everything seems to be in slow motion and take more energy. Everything just takes longer. We have some down days when we just feel blue without knowing why. From what I have been reading, this normal. One big project has been to go through all the slides from the years 1980-2006. A lot of history and memories. We have thrown out hundreds of slides and kept many to scan before we toss them too. The goal is to be a slide free household and declutter at the same time.

April End

Monday evening at 10 pm I had just fallen off to sleep and the doorbell rang. It was our neighbor, Timo. He asked if I could take him to the hospital because he was having a heart attack. So off we went to the ER. I was not allowed to go in and returned home to wait for him to call again. By midnight he was back home and I was wide awake. It was not a heart attack but stress. He got fired from work and was meeting with a lawyer the next day, then too being single and cut off from human contact did not help. It did give me a chance to talk with him and we talked about stress, angst, fear and what to do with it. I am not sure what kind of church he is from in Hanover but in our talks it seemed to be a bit legalistic. He came Wednesday eve to our Zoom Bible study and plans to come Sunday. He has no computer or up-to-date smart phone so we have Katy’s iPad for him in the church room and he can take part there.