Pastor’s Note

Week of January 11, 2021

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Here we are.

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” – Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

I would like to thank each of you for your e-mails, cards, and well-wishes for my 40 th birthday. Many of you also sent poems! You really know how to make this “old guy” feel good!

I hope you’ve already learned of the remarkable news about our successful stewardship campaign. WE WENT BEYOND OUR GOAL!

Thank you for being incredibly generous and faithful in your support of our ministry. As Ephesians 2:10 states, God has fashioned and formed us into a community of faith; we have responded with good works.

I am always grateful for what you give.

In the coming weeks and months, we will discern together how to live into Christ’s command in Matthew 25 to partner with other local nonprofits and help those in need in our larger community. These are difficult, stressful, even tragic times for so many people. God empowers us to help with our energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. God is with us. We are God’s handiwork.  So, I also want to tell you about another gift I received.

Last Saturday morning, I slipped out of the tiny home that Ginny and I had rented at Holden Beach, North Carolina just before dawn. As I strolled along the sand, I watched the sun pop out of the water. I happened to look down. In all my years, I had never found an unbroken sand dollar.

Yes, these are hard times in our country as well as our world. Yes, we have work to do. But let us not forget to pay attention and give thanks. We abound in hope because God’s grace abounds. God’s handiwork is all around us.

In gratitude for grace,