From the Pastor's Desk
Greetings in the name of Jesus! We have faced a lot of challenges individually and as a church the past several months as we have navigated through a pandemic together. Individually, we have had new phrases introduced into our vocabulary like social distancing. We have developed new practices such as wearing masks and using more hand sanitizer than ever before. Many of us do not socialize, shop, or go to church as much as we did a year ago. Things have changed!
As a congregation, we have experienced several ways of worshiping since March. We have had church by computer, in our car and in the sanctuary. We have adjusted to having our meetings via Zoom. We have missed learning, praying, and fellowshipping together. We have been pleased when we have been able to get back together.
It has been a trying time. We all have dealt with many inconveniences related to the pandemic. Some of us have experienced more hardships due to Covid-19 such as loss of a job or a loved one. Regardless of the severity of the impact of the pandemic, it has been a difficult year.
In the face of all the challenges, God has been with us. We are blessed with technology that enables us to continue with the tasks that sustain life and ministry. We can shop, meet, worship, work, and go to school online. While not always ideal, these are things that would have been impossible just a few decades ago.
As a congregation, we have been blessed by the faithful support of our members. There are many who make ministry happen, often behind the scenes. Our leaders continue to plan and work together. We have taken the usual activities such as our pancake breakfasts and have made them drive through events. We continue to be in a strong financial position because of folks using electronic options or the mail if they cannot worship with us in person. God is good and we are blessed!
As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, we can become discouraged by the fact that they will be different than in past years. Instead of discouragement, another option is to be grateful for the unexpected blessings we have experienced this year. After all, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. It is a reminder that we are blessed even in difficult times.
My prayer is that we will continue to look with eyes of faith for what God is doing in our lives. I hope that we will participate in sharing God’s love with others. I also pray that we will find ways to give thanks for all the blessings we have received.