Dear Church Family and Friends,
As the Coronavirus continues to spread throughout our country and now into the White House, let us continue to pray for all those who have been infected and their families as well as the scientists working on a vaccine.
I have some good news to share with you today. Our Session has unanimously voted to approve a courtyard worship service beginning Sunday, November 29 at 11 a.m. We will only meet outside in the courtyard and everyone will be required to wear masks and we will spread the chairs out for safety reasons although families can sit together. Sunday School for children may start the following week but I will prepare a social distancing children’s message. We will not be singing any hymns.
In case of inclement weather, I will send an email by Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to let you know if we are canceling the service. Otherwise, we will meet each Sunday morning. November 29 is the start of the Advent Season and we pray that this will be a blessing to you and your family. While our Session is committed to being present, we will understand if you don’t feel comfortable attending at that time.
Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9-2, our Key West Co-op will be hosting their annual yard sale in our church parking lot. Feel free to swing by and check out some items to purchase. All proceeds will assist families for scholarships to those who can’t afford to send their child to the school.
This Sunday we celebrate Holy Communion, and it is World Communion Sunday, a day we pause to worship with Christians from around the globe. My sermon will come right from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 where Jesus calls us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. What in the world is Jesus asking us to do and why should we love those who despise us? Well, you will find out this week.
I will be sending out the sermon on either Friday or Saturday early as Jaye J. and I are heading off the Rock for the first time since December. We will visit our family members in Sarasota as well as our annual visits to our doctors.
Please continue to pray for Barry Gibson and Beth Childress. May God richly bless you this week as we know and believe that God is in the heavens and in control.