14 Mar Letter from Pastor Chris about a Medical Emergency Involving Pastor Joe
Dear friends & family at Good Shepherd,
It is important you are brought up to date on a medical emergency involving Pastor Joe Brosious.
Pastor Joe has experienced a stroke
Friday morning, Pr. Joe began experiencing medical difficulties while at church. Thanks to the quick action of our staff, paramedics were called, and Joe was rushed to the Emergency Department at UW Hospital, where he was met by his wife, Lynn.
Medical tests determined Joe was experiencing a stroke. He was rushed into surgery where the bleeding was found and arrested. Joe is now in sedation at the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at UW Hospital in critical, but stable condition. The next days will be critical for Joe’s recovery.
Visitation Limited due to Pandemic
Because of the ongoing nature of the global COVID-19 pandemic, hospital visitation is restricted. The Brosious family asks we refrain from reaching out beyond prayers and updates I will send to you in the coming days. Please do not personally call or email Joe or Lynn.
Lynn’s parents have arrived from Ohio to help and the Brosious household is well stocked with food and good support from our staff and their friends. In times such as these, it is the nature of people of faith to seek to come together to find strength in prayer and community. Unfortunately, a global pandemic means that we cannot gather as a church community to pray.
What you can do for the Brosious Family
My friends, God knows the prayers of our hearts and the yearning of our people to be together to lift our prayers for our brother Joe and our world. As more information comes available, I will share it with you as Lynn releases me to do so. Please pray in your families and small groups for Joe, Lynn and their boys, Connor and Mason. Please pray for our staff, as we struggle to bring Good Shepherd to you in these strange times while still being present for each other, Joe and his family. Please pray for our country and our world as we head through uncharted territory.
Two other things you can do now:
- Mail the Brosious family cards. If you don’t have their address you can mail them to church.
- If you feel the need to physically do something for the Brosious family, include gift cards or perform acts of service in the community in Joe’s honor.
I am grateful for the love and compassion you show for each other and your partnership in the Gospel work of Jesus Christ.
We Pray Together
God, we pray today for our brother in Christ, Joe.
Surround him with your Holy Spirit of healing and wholeness. Surround Lynn, Connor and Mason with your peace that passes all human understanding.
Bind us stronger together in the promises of the resurrection and may we all find the strength to shine your light on our beloved friend and colleague.
Pr. Chris Enstad