From the Pastor...
September begins a new church year. As we all know, we have not been able to hold most committee meetings or have a church conference in several months. Therefore, our deacons and staff have made the decision to leave all leadership roles in place until we have the opportunity to gather for these meetings. However, this does not mean that we are not getting things done.
Several committees have continued to work throughout the pandemic. Our Building and Grounds Committee has continued to care for our facilities. Our Preschool Committee has been hard at work preparing for what is shaping up to be a banner year in our Preschool! Many of our Sunday School classes have continued to meet weekly through virtual platforms. Benevolence ministry continues to assist many of our own folks, as well as some from our community. Missions groups have met and are doing ministry. Our GA’s recently held a recognition service for the many badges the girls have earned through their mission work during the pandemic. The Finance Committee has held numerous online meetings, and they are taking care of the business of the church in a fine manner.
All of this to say that even when things seem to be (at least partially) “shut down” to the world, the work of the church continues on. I am hopeful that the governor will have good news in his next order for our state. More importantly, I am prayerful that individuals and families will soon be well enough, and the Coronavirus will be contained enough, that we will be able to move into more of a semblance of normalcy!
Regardless of what happens and what church gathering looks like in the future, remember that Jesus is still Lord. The apostle Paul says in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
We all miss so many of our traditions. I pray that many of them will return soon. But just remember that the ministry of the church continues on regardless. We must continue to pray, to serve, to give, to dream big for God, to have faith, and to follow God’s plan for our congregation. These things do not halt just because we are limited in our meetings and fellowship.
While we continue to do everything we possibly can do to keep everyone safe and healthy, we look forward to the day when we can honor God in more familiar ways. Until then, we will honor Him by being obedient to His commands in more creative (and distant) ways than ever before. While the church universal has adapted to challenges through the centuries, thank you to everyone who has made the effort to continue being the church during this unique time in the life of the church here at Roberdel.
In Christian Love,