From the Pastor’s Desk | April 21, 2020

What Can I Do?

           That’s a question many of us have been asking during the past six weeks when we have been asked to shelter in place. It is a very good question and one deserving of faithful contemplation and consideration.

           As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called upon to be ready to assist others (including members of our own congregation) at a moment’s notice. Based on what I have been able to gather through phone calls and other forms of correspondence with each of you, you appear to be doing well, or at the very least, holding your own.

           Our hope and prayer is that the restrictions will be gradually lifted and that a vaccine will be developed. Until then, there are actions we can take to serve the Lord and one another — both within and outside of the church. Here are a few suggestions…

  • Be Prayerful: Take time (most of us have at least a little more of it these days) to be in prayer, giving thanks for God’s many blessings while also praying for others in need, and asking the Lord what we might do to help.
  • Be Attentive: Reach out to others by phone, text, or e-mail. A friendly correspondence can really lift the spirits of another, especially if that person lives alone.
  • Be Responsible: Honor social distancing guidelines and follow state/federal recommendations. I’ll admit that I am not a big fan of masks, but thanks to several members of our church, I have a couple that I can rotate and protect others when I am out in public.
  • Be Generous: I know, you already are, but consider this time as an opportunity to contribute to our new food pantry/resource center, which is now open. We don’t know what the community response will be, but we know that others are in need and would greatly benefit from the items we have to offer. Likewise, our Helping Hands Fund provides financial support for those who are struggling to make ends meet, especially now as so many people are currently not able to work. And remember your monthly offering to the church, and perhaps consider how a portion of your stimulus check might benefit others.
  • Be Joyful: A positive attitude goes a long way, for both you and the recipient. Look for ways to encourage and lift up others.
  • Be Faithful: This, of course, is our greatest strength! Our faith will sustain us through every crisis, and it will serve as a beacon of light to others.

You are greatly loved and greatly valued! Life as we know it will likely change in a number of ways as a result of this experience, but we are blessed with resiliency, and we will not only survive, but we will also thrive.

Until next time, stay smart, stay healthy, stay vigilant, stay happy, and stay faithful.

Blessings and Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!

Pastor John

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