Pastor’s Paragraph: A Bi-Weekly Message from Pastor John

June 30, 2020

Last week was our fifth Sunday of meeting together for two services  with a limited worship capacity. We are averaging about 70 in our 9AM service and about 120 in our 11 AM service. At this point, I think we have adjusted to our “new normal” for Sunday mornings and all the practices we have put in place to help us meet in a safe manner.                               

As we move forward with this approach, I want to emphasize two very important practices: making reservations and maintaining distance when we are together.  Reservations and assigned seating areas enable us to maximize our seating capacity and our social distancing.  And while we are together, please remember different people have different comfort levels when it comes to social distancing. Let’s continue to err on the side of caution and practice proper social distancing. 

Even with these limitations and changes, we have been blessed to add 3 new families to our “First Family” and witness the baptisms of two new believers. As we talked about last Sunday, we continue to be grateful for what we can do as opposed to focusing on what we can’t do right now. 

One of the ministry efforts we are preparing for right now is “Christmas in July.” This is a ministry event that seeks to meet the needs of 100 plus families in our community with food, clothing and school supplies in the middle of the year through our local school system’s social workers.  This is a combined effort of churches and businesses in our community. We typically host the compiling and distribution of items in our CLC. This will be taking place the week of July 13-17.  Our First Family is responsible for providing the food that will be shared with the 100 families in need.  Because of current circumstances related to the virus, we are asking for funds rather than donations of specific food items.  Many Sunday School classes and individuals have already designated funds for this cause. If you would like to do something specific, please contact Sandi Dillard in our church office about what you can do to help.

I look forward to gathering for worship this 4th of July weekend as we celebrate our freedom as Americans and thank God for His blessings upon our nation. I will be sharing a message entitled, “God Shed His Grace on Thee,” to remind us of just how dependent we are on God and His grace, as individuals and as a nation.

Blessings,

John

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