Message from Pastor Joe

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope that the online service last Sunday was a blessing and encouragement to you all. Although it is difficult not to meet together, I believe we can say like the apostle Paul says in Colossians 2:5 “For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit.” Even though we are called to practice social distancing, we still can be one in spirit and purpose! In this time of separation please do not forget to reach out and “touch”. Let your brothers and sisters know you are thinking of them by sending emails, texts, and cards (remember those, you must write on them 😊). Someone this Sunday sent me a text that said,“virtual greeting time, sending you a virtual hug”. A short note like that brings great joy!

Lastly, I am saddened over the sorrow and pain this virus is causing. But I glory in the reality that the cross reminds it is possible to be in the worst situation of our lives and, at the same time, be directly in the center of the will of God. As we are reminded in scripture “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10) Let’s be praying for one another, for our nation, and for the world! Pray that this would be the Lord’s timing for His people to stand and show confidence in the Lord and share our hope and faith with others.

In Christs Love

Pastor Joe

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)