Dear FPC—
The other day Alice looked outside and said “what a beautiful fall day!” I think we will be back to summer by the weekend, but how strange that we have had this run of cooler weather (and how about that rain the other day!?).
All of this reminds me—even though it is still June, Fall is coming. We are making plans—not just for VBS and youth service projects, but for our fall programing, the Scottish Festival, and more. Of course all of those plans are impacted by the continued uncertainty of the coronavirus. Pastor Chris, the Session and I all appreciate your prayers as we navigate these uncharted waters.
A great thing about our faith is that even when our times are uncertain (as they really always are!), we can trust that our lives are held tightly by our loving Savior Jesus. We are not doing any of this alone, and we are in good hands. That is a powerful and encouraging truth. I hope you feel its impact. Pastor Chris and I (and your deacons!) are available to visit with you and talk through the challenges you are facing.
But, we are constantly reminded that we are not just recipients of good news, we are supposed to be conduits of it! We are blessed to be a blessing. One way you can do that is to let your neighbors know that you are there for them. Walk to your neighbors and drop off a note (or one of our Neighbors Helping Neighbors door hangers) with your name and phone number (or email if you prefer) and let them know that you are there—willing to listen, to pray, to help if you can.
I’ve heard from many people how good they feel when our calling tree checks in with them. All of us love to be remembered and included. So—pass that blessing of remembering and including on to your neighbors!
Let’s transform our neighborhoods by being the helping neighbors!
This Sunday we will be looking in worship at God’s extravagant invitation and what it means for us. Don’t let the busy-ness of life distract you from the meaning of life!

Grace, peace and joy to you from our Lord Jesus!

Pastor Steve

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