A Note from the Pastor: November 20, 2020

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From the Pastor

This Sunday, we are returning to our normal worship hours including the 8:45 am worship! Facebook Live will continue at our 11:00 am service.  Thanks to the continuing hard work of our Re-Opening Committee and the cooperation and care of our membership we can do so even as the numbers of people ill from COVID-19 is rising within our community.

A quick reminder:

We continue to strongly encourage the use of mask.        

Upon entering the church at the two main entrances, you will find hand sanitizer and an extra mask for the times we forget to bring one. Please clean your hands upon entering the church and wear your mask in the hallways and Sanctuary.

Please wear your mask through out the service. The preacher and song leader will remove their mask to perform their duties at a prescribed distance from the congregation.

Even as cases in our area are rising, I believe we can worship together safely because of the cooperation and care our members have demonstrated to one another. Obviously, not everyone in our congregation, county or country agree on what is the best method to engage in life during a pandemic. And there are no guarantees for anyone anywhere. However, the time of worship should be the safest place and or event for everyone.

My personal heartfelt thoughts as your minister. 

I want to thank all those who disagree with the use of masks yet responded did so as a courtesy and sign of care for others. I believe, that to the best of everyone’s abilities, Christ’s church should feel relatively safe for all to come and worship. None of this is preferable and many do not agree that such acts are necessary or useful. But it is necessary as an act of Christian hospitality to reach out and encourage those we know and love and people we do not know, to join us for what I believe is the core act of the church, the worship of God in Jesus Christ. Providing the safest atmosphere for community worship is a visual and practical way to share God’s love with one another.

If you are in a high-risk category and have chosen to remain physically apart at this time, PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO SO. I love to see your names on Facebook Live and believe we are connected by the mystery and power of the Holy Spirit in the act of worship. 

To borrow from the Apostle Paul: “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” (Romans 12:5) We are a people united by the eternal love of God in Jesus Christ. What a joy, what a privilege to be one with one another. And starting this Sunday, we will celebrate with both services!

God is so very good! May the Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

Pastor Rick Davis