November 2020

Dear Friends,

The strangest sensation blew through the church offices with the mid-October breeze. For the first time in ages- we felt contentment. Don’t get me wrong- the world is still broken; several of our families are struggling. Yet, a wave of peace blew through the office as we prepared lessons, attended classes, wrote sermons, paid bills, and sanitized surfaces.

In the last few weeks, I’ve laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. I’ve been invited into the most honest conversations: from fear of death to hope for 2021, from anger at the virus to hope that we will not be so judgmental when it’s over, from immeasurable loss to the joy of seeing an unmasked smile.

There is so much to lament. Yet, in our worship, classes, and fellowship opportunities- there is a growing and abiding sense of wholeness and joy. My prayer for all of you is that the October winds and November rains will wash over your soul and bring an abiding sense of God’s peace and tranquility.

In love and gratitude,

Matt

 

October 2020

Dear Friends,

 

Allow me to offer some answers to the top questions that have come through my office in the last 3 weeks.

 

1)   Is this the end of the world?

No. I don’t think this is the end of the world. Times are tough; life is hard. However, there is much that calls us to celebrate and rejoice.

 

2)  When can we go back to the sanctuary?

Returning to the sanctuary for indoor worship is a Session decision. The Administrative      Committee is finalizing a proposal to submit to Session with procedures and protocols. While the final details are all still fluid, I want you to know that real plans are in the works to make indoor worship a possibility.

 

3)  Are the church finances where they need to be?

Yes, by the grace of God and the generosity of all of you- we are on track and where we need to be. We will continue to collect offering at our outdoor services and through the mail. I encourage you to take a look at your stewardship booklets to see where we’re are headed; there is a lot of enthusiastic hope around the church!

 

The Christian faith is a perpetual tightrope walk. On one side is a pit of knowing despair; the other side is a pit of joyful ignorance. Both sides are pulling at us stronger than ever. Don’t fall… just keep walking. Keep your eyes forward with an awareness of the two chasms at your sides, but just keep walking.

 

We are all in this together: outside, inside, online, on the phone, in our prayer, in our devotions, and in our service for the kingdom.  We’ve got this- together!

 

In love and gratitude,

 

          Matt