When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians he spoke of their solid trust in Christ Jesus as their savior and their outpouring of love to all Christians. He said, “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in Jesus and your love for the saints I have not stopped giving thanks for you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:15) I resonate with Paul’s feelings for the church as I think of all of you. You were so thoughtful to reach out to me with your kind words and prayers last week. Everyone was gracious and understanding as we shifted planned events and meetings, and officers had no problem adjusting so that worship continued flawlessly! In other words Church, you were the Church, and I thank God for you. Luckily I had a mild case of Covid and now we are getting back on track!
Please mark your calendars for March 5th. The kick-off for the Mission Study has been rescheduled and the congregational lunch will take place that Sunday immediately following worship. We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting and important first step towards finding a Called Pastor.
Changing the subject, we have all seen the overwhelming destruction that continues to unfold in Turkey and Syria following the massive earthquakes. It is heartbreaking to watch. Because of the conditions disaster relief is just starting to arrive from around the world and this will be an ongoing search and rescue for some time. As we watch from our homes we feel helpless as to how to help. Just as the Presbyterian Disaster Relief is still involved in helping families affected by the war in Ukraine, it also is engaging in the relief efforts in Turkey and Syria. Our financial resources can go a long way in giving aid.
If you feel called to support these efforts please find the PDA link below on how you may be able to help.
Church, I am grateful to you and the many ways you serve God and God’s children!