Community in Action November 3, 2020

Today is a day of thanksgiving for me. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and for your support as we negotiate this ministry together. I received many cards, gifts, and well-wishes during Pastor Appreciation Month. I am so grateful to be able to serve along with you in this faith community.

    It is amazing to think that we represent at least seven different communities in this valley. Since our Facebook Live services are now going not only across the country but over seas we truly have an international faith community.

    I am sure most of you know and if you don’t know now you will that I couldn’t do the things I do or grow in the ones I grow without you. We are so much more effective and so much more influential as a faith community when we work together.

    You have helped me grow in my faith and brought comfort and joy to this ministry.

    But we aren’t done yet. We have had a monumental task these last nine months as we seek to answer the ministry challenges that have come to us. I think we have done well, but I also think we can do better and we can do more.

    I know it has been difficult not being able to see old friends or even make new ones. It has been hard not being able to go to familiar places with long time acquaintances or to share meals together. The changing restrictions have not been easy to follow and have hampered some of our familiar patterns of life.

    Yet, we have found new creative ways to connect, zoom, google meet, and drive by celebrations. We have been introduced to a new venue for worship, through virtual means and in the courtyard. And we are finding a new way to serve others around us, dropping off flowers, mugs, and soon a special Christmas item.

    I must say that I am disappointed not to be able to visit you or see you on the soccer field or at school events, but I am thankful for your emails, notes, and masked messages.

    So I hope today you know that I am praying you will be encouraged, you will know that you are valued, and that as a community of faith our calling will never be thwarted by a pandemic or natural disaster or discouragement. We are the ones called to be the salt and light of the earth and world.

    Let us be the witnesses we are called to be to all those around us. Just as you have been a witness to me through your love and support.

    Blessings to you,

    Pastor Randy

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