From Our Pastor….

Happy New Year! Many (if not most or all) of us are looking forward to 2020 being behind us and moving forward into a new year. As we begin 2021 together let us place our faith not in new things but in the One who makes all things new. I invite you to read the vision recorded in Revelation, chapter 21 of a new heaven and a new earth. God is the one who is making all things new. In this new year, as in all years past, we are in God’s perfect care. In Isaiah 43: 19 we are reminded to look for what God is bringing about in our world and in our lives: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Together let us encourage one another to look for and give thanks for the blessings of God taking shape all around us and within us.

As I plan for the month of January, I want to give an update on where we are and to share some new opportunities. I look forward to seeing some of you (socially distanced with masks on, please) on Sunday, January 3 for our Star Sunday Celebration in the parking lot at noon. We are working together to share the light of Christ in our community by decorating the outside with stars. Also, we are collecting winter items (hats, gloves and socks) for Manna House and Magnolia Elementary School. Let us share the light and love of Jesus Christ with our neighbors as well as one another.

We have enjoyed our outdoor Vespers and I am suspending these gatherings until mid-February. We look forward to getting together again beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17. Our plans may change so watch for updates in my weekly emails, our worship bulletin and on the website.

We will resume our Monday Evening Bible Study on January 11. We plan to study the Book of Romans together beginning in February. Until then, we will study together some of the background of the Jewish Law as recorded in the Torah (especially passages in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy). Specific scripture readings will be in the bulletin. You are welcome to join us Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. The link is on our website.

For the current time, we continue to worship through Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. I am preparing to Zoom from the sanctuary as well as from home (I need the flexibility of both options). I am grateful for our worship tech team and for your faithful participation. Thanks to Bryan Niles we have a recording of each worship to post through our YouTube channel. You are welcome to worship at your convenience from your home. Please feel free to share an invitation to Zoom and/or our recordings with your friends and family. We welcome all!

Please continue to contact me directly with your prayer concerns. Communication is the key to our fruitful and faithful relationship in ministry together. Please do not hesitate to share your joys and concerns with me so that I can pray with you and for you and those most dear to you.

Thank you for your generous Christmas gift! I want to share the sentiment from the beautiful Christmas card: “The gift of God’s presence in our lives makes Christmastime a blessed time. From the hymns that honor the miracle of His birth to the warmth and closeness we share with the special people in our lives, we can feel God’s blessings all around us. May your Christmas be filled with His love and grace.” In addition to the congregational gift and card, I appreciate all the cards, calls, text messages, gifts, goodies and chocolate you shared with me during the holidays. May God bless us as we follow Christ faithfully in 2021!


With Christ’s love,

Pastor Stacey

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