July Pastors' Letter

Happy July Everyone,      

It is hard to believe that we’ve been in ministry together for one year now! Time flies when you’re having fun. We’ve had our happy moments as well as our sad moments. We’ve had numerous Celebrations of Life services. We’ve also had a baptism and a couple of baby dedications. I thoroughly enjoyed our Harvest Fest celebration service and our St. Patrick’s Day themed services; they were full of color and joy. Of course, in recent memory, we’ve struggled through and continue to struggle through Covid-19 as well as racial tensions.      

This is not how I imagined my first year in professional ministry to look like. I don’t think any of us could have predicted that a global pandemic would close our doors for four months. We’ve all been frustrated. I’m frustrated    because I am wading into new territory, as are all of us. I try so hard to do what I believe God is calling me to do. I take my oaths seriously. The well-being of the community that I am appointed to is at the top of my priorities.  That includes spiritual well-being as well as physical well-being.      

I know that some of you might be frustrated with the way I handle things. Some might think I’m moving too slow with reopening the church, some might think I’m being overly cautious. While others might think that I’m moving too fast with reopening and not being cautious enough. This whole situation is a “walking the tightrope” kind of situation. On the one hand, Covid-19 is a very real threat still. It would make sense to keep the church closed for the physical well-being of everyone. On the other hand, that doesn’t do much for the spiritual well-being of our people either.      

God made us to be a community-based people. Adam wasn’t alone in the Garden of Eden. Noah wasn’t alone in the Ark. Elijah wasn’t alone in Israel, there was a remnant who remained faithful. Jesus certainly wasn’t alone during his ministry. He was surrounded by at least 12 close followers. Paul had Silas and Timothy. The point I’m trying to make, is that throughout our faith history, God’s people thrived when they remained connected with one another. It wasn’t always easy. Adam and Eve’s child killed his brother, there was sorrow and frustration in that household. Can you imagine Noah and his family cooped up in the Ark as long as they were? I am pretty sure tempers flared there as well every now and then. Even Jesus had to take a break from his Disciples by praying alone, away from them.      

In the end, what helped all of them get through the difficult times, was coming back to their community. I would like to thank all of you for bearing with me, frustrations and all, as we continue to work together for the glory of God. I do not know what the future holds. I don’t know what this next year of ministry will look like. What I do know, is that I cannot do this alone. We are all in this together. May we continue to encourage one another, lift each other up and walk with one another as we step forward into the unknown. 
God bless you all, Pastor Chris