From the Pastor…
We begin the month of April with the most glorious of all celebrations for those of us who are Christ followers. Easter Sunday will be different from last year in that we will be able to gather in person on April 4th. However, we still long for the day when we will be able to gather with our brothers and sisters at the Methodist church for our traditional Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast Fellowship. I believe that will happen next Easter, but I am excited that we are able to gather together at RBC to celebrate the Resurrection this Easter!
Soon after Easter week, our deacons will be meeting to discuss lifting some of the restrictions that have limited our gatherings for over a year now. Let us pray that our county will be experiencing much fewer cases of COVID and that most our world will be speaking of the pandemic in the past tense.
Regardless of the amount of restrictions lifted this month, we will continue to minister in every possible way, just as we have done throughout the past year. As difficult as the year has been, including the passing of a number of our loved ones, we have accomplished a great deal as a church family and many folks have been blessed by the ministry of our church.
My family has personally experienced a mixed bag of emotions this past year. Our son, William, has just moved back to NC after living more than two years in New York. He has accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent at the Hendersonville Country Club and has bought a house in Forest City. He and Tiffany are planning to wed in Raleigh this coming October. Thank you so much for the kindness you showed them at their recent wedding shower!
My mother, on the other hand, has had a difficult time this past year, especially since early January when a nasty fall sent her to the hospital, followed by a two-month stay at Richmond Pines. She is home for now and is struggling to regain her strength. We truly appreciate your calls, cards, visits, and prayers during this time. Sandy and I are spending a lot of time caring for her and we appreciate your encouragement and support.
Heather and Calvin continue their careers and life together in Rock Hill, SC. Sandy’s parents in Richmond, VA continue to deal with her father’s Parkinson’s Disease and are taking advantage of Hospice services for him. My dad and his wife, Sandy, are happy and enjoying life in Columbia, SC. While they have their share of health issues, God is blessing them and we are all celebrating his recent recognition and induction into the Order of the Longleaf Pine.
So yes, it has been a tough year in many ways… but God is good… all the time! He continues to bless our family and He continues to use His church to accomplish the Great Commission. I am confident that He will continue to bless and use Roberdel in great ways until Christ returns!
In Christian Love,