April 2021

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ,

I hope that this letter finds you healthy both physically and spiritually. Well, it’s been a little over a year now since the Covid-19 pandemic shut everything down, and my heart is troubled. I applaud you for your diligence in social distancing and wearing masks, but this has had a damaging effect on churches. We struggle on many levels such as our need for human contact (fellowship), spiritual renewal and growth (worship) as well as our ability to meet our financial obligations.

I realize that we are all facing troubling situations but we need not face them alone. It is not in God's nature to be distant. The central event in the story of salvation - the Incarnation - is all about God entering our experience, not departing from it. Immanuel - God with us! God will not and does not, distance himself from us. God has not done this in the past, God is not doing it now and God will not do it ever.

This is a theme that runs throughout Scripture. God is near us, not distant from us. This is why the apostle Paul can say with authority:

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

As we prepare for Easter, I remind you that our churches are open. Although we are following CDC guidelines you are welcome to come and worship God. If wearing a mask is a problem, that’s okay, just distance yourself appropriately. Please worship with us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.

Sunrise at 7:00 Am at Unity Presbyterian Church, 9:30 AM at Clark Trinity UMC, 11:00 AM at Charleston UMC and Facebook live. 

God Bless!

Pastor Bill