I have an old friend who used to say to me., ”Well you’ve got it now, what are you going to do with it?” Usually this was about something that I really wanted! But it really is a question we might ask about all the gifts God has given.
For the last several months, almost a year, FPCUSA has been praying about, looking, discerning and finally obtaining a more permanent place to call home. On Friday, October 30th we were given the keys to the property on 280 Linden Lane. (Across from Starkville High School.)
Documents have been signed, financing is set. The Property Committee has already begun work, starting on Friday to clean, prioritize needs to make it our place for worship, fellowship, and as a home base for mission.
Thank you all who have given an immediate gift toward the Capital Improvement Fund, some of which will be used in the renovation of the church building, or have made pledges, which we will put toward retiring the debt. As soon as next week you will receive a letter from our Stewardship Committee on how to make your commitment to our 2021 ministry budget. There will be communication from the Property Committee (emails, phone calls, etc.) on ways you can help through volunteering, or making in-kind gifts during the renovation of our new church home. Begin to pray now about the ways God may be calling you to help during this extraordinary time. You may still make your commitment either as a donation, or through a future monthly or yearly pledge to the Capital Improvement Fund by contacting Charles Bryson, or Pat Colwick.
One of the most difficult aspects of the COVID pandemic has been the separation, even isolation, of those who have tested positive, from the healthy. This quarantine has extended beyond managing symptoms at home, to hospitalizations, to the intensive care unit—even in dying. In many situations, as a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus, families were even denied the opportunity to offer a public remembrance/celebration of their loved ones life.
Each November 1st, the church remembers it’s saints, those who have died in the Lord during the past year. We want to offer this day as a time to share together, to remember together and to offer words of resurrection and hope. Our Worship Committee will be meeting this week to make plans for how best to make this day a special time of worship. I ask you to begin now to think about those in your own family, your own fellowship, your own community who have died since November 1, 2019. They do not have to died from COVID.
You may email the minister with the name, location, and date of death.
We may ask you, as we plan this special service, to share with us a short witness on how this person served as an influence of the love and grace of God in your life. Will be praying for God’s comfort and peace for you.
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