A Message From Pastor Margaret
Grace and peace to you! I have been keeping
you in my prayers during this incredibly
challenging year we all went through.I continue
to pray that all is well with you and your loved
ones. As we say our goodbyes to the year
2020, we reflect on the good things in our
lives, but also on the many challenges,
losses, and new and different ways of living
and being, because of Covid-19. The world
has become more fragile as we find ourselves
in the middle of this pandemic, with feelings
of insecurity, anxiety,and fearfulness for the
future for ourselves and our loved ones. We
have faced many changes in our family
and work lives; and our interactions with
friends and extended families have been
restricted in ways we never would have expected. The many plans we made had to be adjusted or canceled, and life became simpler where we focused mainly on what we needed. I want to acknowledge all those changes and emotions you may have felt during this year and want to let you know I will continue to keep you and your loved ones in my prayers.
There is so much more to think of, that will make the year 2020 a year we will not forget very easily. Racism has raised its ugly head in the brutal killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, and the presidential elections have revealed how deeply divided we are in this country. So, we have an opportunity to take stock, step back and see who we are with one another and our world.
It was also a year where we learned so many lessons, and new things, new skills. Many have learned the skill of baking bread, cookies, and many new recipes were experimented upon. We have learned new technological skills to make work and church and our personal interactions possible and workable.
Yes, 2020 will be a year where many will look at what they have discovered about themselves, their weaknesses, and capabilities. As a church, we were faced with the same challenges many other churches and workplaces have faced across the country and the world. We knew we had to do things safely for the sake of our congregation, and we hope that you have felt that we were there for you, despite the restrictions placed on us. I am grateful for the messages of encouragement, and the thank-you notes for the work we have done.
I am so grateful for everyone who worked with me during these months to make our worship services a blessing to all of you. What incredible teamwork, despite the sacrifices of time, and several recordings to make things exactly right, for the outdoor services with all safety protocols, and for those of you who have joined us on Zoom. Thanks to all the Committees who have continued to meet and sustained the work of the church.
I pray that the grace of God will be upon us as we enter the year 2021. I pray that life will be better... easier. I pray that the vaccines that are being produced will be successful and that people across the world will see and feel the changes happening. I pray that race relations will improve, and that everyone’s humanity will be respected. I pray that we will all experience joy, peace and love and many blessings in our lives.
Have a blessed New Year, 2021!