From the Pastor's Desk
From the Pastor…
I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your kind Christmas wishes. Sandy and I are blessed to be a part of the RBC Family! We appreciate every card, gift, visit, and phone call or text to wish us a Merry Christmas. It was very different for us all this year, but we still have so much for which to be thankful and to celebrate.
Now we are finally entering the new year. I pray that 2021 will be a year of joy and spiritual growth for us all at Roberdel. For the time being, we must continue to follow safety protocols. However, I am praying that we will soon return to some semblance of normalcy. Until then, I encourage you to practice safety regarding possible exposure to the Coronavirus. We will continue to offer Sunday School classes online, stream our live Sunday morning worship services at 11 am, and stream our Mid-week Devotions on Wednesday nights. Additionally, we will continue to offer in-person worship at 11 am on Sundays for as long as it is safe to do so. Our custodians continue to keep everything sanitized, and our Power Blaster unit provides a clean and sterile environment in our sanctuary on Sundays; and during the week it keeps our preschool sterile as well.
There are so many things I would like to do that must wait until we can all be together again. One ministry I am especially excited to introduce is a support group for folks dealing with cancer. This will include current patients, survivors, and caregivers. I learned about this ministry after I was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago. Some friends at a church in Rocky Mount told me that they had added my name to their group’s prayer list, and since then I have received support and encouragement from these folks – even though I have never attended a single meeting. I even received a great devotional book from the group for Christmas this year! This is the kind of ministry I think we need to provide to our members and our community. Be prepared to hear more about this ministry and how you can be a part of the team in the coming months!
Until we resume our regular routines, please join me in seeking opportunities to minister in meaningful (albeit unique) ways. Think in terms of ministry to families who are grieving, yet aren’t able to even have a traditional funeral for their loved ones.
I also ask you to pray with me about ministry opportunities that will reach more of our neighbors once people begin to get out-and-about even more than they have during this pandemic. Here, I am thinking about the resuming of Tae Kwon Do, the beginning of the aforementioned ministry for those affected by cancer, and discovering opportunities to expand our preschool ministry.
Thank you for your patience and your prayers. I look forward to God using us to do greater things for Him in 2021!
In Christian Love,