Community in Action October 29, 2020

Do you ever feel like every day gives you a new challenge? Do ever feel like you don’t get a chance to catch your breath, but once you plug a hole in the dam just another one pops open? When will it ever end?

    This reminds me of Psalm 13, “How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?(Verse 1)” There are those events which seem to just build on each other. The furnace goes out, the car doesn’t start, work becomes a chore instead of calling, and you get hacked.

    Well some of you got a text message from “ME” yesterday, except it wasn’t from me, Pastor Randy. The texter asked you to do “me” a favor. If you replied you received some sad story about people in need and because I was really busy I needed you to pick up some gift cards for me at the store. The text played on your compassion and good heart.

    We have determined that our directory on the Website was compromised, so you will notice it is no longer available on the Website. If you need a phone number or address of someone at church just call the office and we will get you the information you need, with approval of the person in question of course.

    We are currently researching additional security measures we can put into place so this doesn’t happen again. We also want you to know that any financial information you have given to the church has gone to a separate secure entity and we have no access to it from the church office.

    If per chance you responded with a gift card to this texter also know that we have contacted the police already and they have started an investigation into this matter. If you want us to help you add your information to the investigation come to the office and we will help you and we will keep your situation confidential.

    We are in an era of ransomware, cyber breaches, and scams that can be unnerving. Yet, we have people who are providing us with new ways in which we will have greater cyber security for all information we have of our friends here at JKPC.

    I know for some of us this is just one more hole in the unprecedented dam of 2020. Take heart. We will get through this year together.

    If you read Psalm 13 read till the end for you will find that the last two verses read, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.

    The concerns mentioned above and others you have are valid, but they will pass away. Our anxiety is real, but God is our eternal protector and provider. We have a community of faith that longs to encourage each other and not succumb to the fear that our ministry here at JKPC will falter.

    Let us not be afraid and let us be the witness of a people who trust in God and trust in each other to move beyond the worries of this world.

    Thankful that our God is a loving God and a God involved in our lives with you,

    Pastor Randy

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