Living through this pandemic has reminded me of the greatness of my love for you, the flock of God, whom I am privileged to shepherd. I consider it an awesome opportunity to share God’s Word and God’s love with you. Absence from you during these days of physical distancing has truly made my heart grow fonder of you. The love I have for you has been placed there by God. That love has grown over the years.
I have been able to walk through grief with many of you. Occasionally I sit and think about the brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone on to be with Christ. I miss them. So do you. We wept and reminisced and prayed. God used those times to knit our lives together. I don’t know all you have been through, but I have been through some of it with you. That binds my heart to yours.
I have celebrated with many of you as God answered your prayers and miracles occurred. I have been there when some family members were baptized and other family members were healed. I have welcomed many of you into the local church and enjoyed sharing life with you. I have never had so many friends in one location. I have been starved for opportunities to interact with you because time with you enriches my life.
I have buried my daddy and my brother during the years I have served as your pastor. Nancy has been diagnosed with CLL, and our children have left the nest. Through it all, you have supported and loved me and my family. Thank you so much! We have been through many changes together, and many more are yet to come. I have not been a perfect pastor, and you have not been a perfect church. However, we love one another, and I consider myself greatly blessed of God to be your shepherd.
The longer I live, the more aware I become that most people are having a hard time in one way or another. The events of recent months in our nation and world have challenged all of us in unprecedented ways. Through it all, I am thankful that we have been able to remain united in our surrender to and love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks again for your patience, your prayers, and your encouragement.
I love you, Earl
- Sundays Sermon “God Prepared Moses ” Exodus 2:11-25
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. No Nursery or Childcare
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