Pastor's Letter

September -- 2020


Dear Family,

Traditionally, September is what I call the “Church Kick-Off Month” due to its identity as the launching time for a new season of church ministry – new Bible studies and classes for all ages, restarting various music-groups, the beginning time to kick into high gear all types of preparation for various holiday events, etc. . . . . . . .and then. . . COVID showed up!!! Needless to say, this fall will look like no other in our recent history. Following social distancing and other safety protocol updates will be the guiding star as to how we proceed. The fall is also the time, notably in October, when we talk about stewardship. In my case, this means putting together and distributing the annual “Time & Talent Form” which identifies a variety of ministry avenues through which the SCF family members can utilize and express their giftedness on behalf of others. In talking with the Management Board about the “2021 Time & Talent Form,” it was decided to postpone it being mailed out until January 2021 when we have a better idea about COVID’s status and impact. Having said that, I have been reminded again that ministry is not confined to our “how-we’ve-always done it” formats. The current pandemic has provided us the opportunity to continue serving and even discover some new ways to serve that may even be better than our previous formats. I’ve been impressed by Care & Share’s willingness to continue its efforts on behalf of the many in our area who need food assistance. Intentional safety protocols were established for the volunteers in their preparation of food boxes, and for the recipients to follow when picking up their box. Several SCF leaders are regularly calling the SCF family to keep updated on concerns and needs. Stephen Ministry workers are providing continued support with those they are serving via phone calls and emails. Worship volunteers are making possible the weekly production of the Alternative Worship Service. When we send out prayer requests to our Intercessors regarding individuals and families dealing with health issues or the loss of a loved one, prayers and cards of encouragement and comfort are providing needed support to those facing difficult challenges. Though this fall will be different, opportunities are available to serve each other. Thank you for your continued support of Pastor Nancy and myself. Your prayers and encouraging thoughts keep us going! Rob


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