Remaining Hopeful…Together

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NRSV)

Consider this your personal invitation to return to worship service on this coming Sunday and to Bible Study on Wednesday night. We have rested and been refreshed and now it’s time to regather. Whether you will attend in-person or virtually, I encourage you to do your best to be with us at the start of service. I know, we can watch the video replay anytime, and I do realize that 11am on Sundays and 7pm on Wednesdays are not convenient for everyone. And yet, many of us can do it and we should.

Even as I invite you to join us in worship and study, I also ask that you invite others. Will you consider reaching out to members in our community, and even in your family, and asking them to join us for worship? Moreover, for our virtual worshippers, will you take your engagement up just one step and share the link to our services on your Facebook or YouTube feed? Or simply, share our app?

I am asking that we do this not merely to bolster our “numbers,” but, more importantly, because there are those whom we all know, who need to hear the preached Word and to be in the fellowship of Believers. There are those close to you who have lost their faith, their motivation, and are losing hope. Your call, text, or email to that friend or neighbor may inspire them in ways you cannot imagine. It makes us feel good to know that we have not been forgotten and that our presence is missed. I miss many in our congregation that I have neither seen nor communicated with in a very long time. Our fellowship is just not the same without you.

As pastor, I do my best to stay connected to as many as possible, but I can only do so much. It takes a group effort, and our efforts must be reciprocated. If we will be the Body of Christ that the world needs, we must assemble, not out of duty or pressure, but out of love, joy, and excitement. There are many reasons for us to be frustrated, disappointed, fearful, and fretful in our world today, and yet there are even greater reasons for us to have hope. God is with us and for us! I am counting on you to do your part – through prayer and action – to build up our church and promote the message of Jesus Christ. Thanks in advance for your help as we continue Becoming.Better.Together. I will see you (in-person or on-line) real soon!

Loving and praying for you,
Pastor Danielle

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