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Rev. Jefferson Niles
From the Pastor
I am delighted to greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, our blessed Redeemer, and invite you to enjoy this publication of our monthly newsletter.
For the past months, there has been no in-person worship or other events for the congregation. Except for the team responsible for delivering the Sunday services online and a few others who joined us from time to time, we remained closed due to the pandemic.
Our last in-person worship for the entire congregation was on March 15, 2020, and the highlight that Sunday was the celebration of Mr. Bruce Phelps’ 95th birthday. Interestingly, June 28, 2020, was the fifteenth Sunday since we were last open for in-person worship. I am pleased to inform you that beginning July 5, 2020, we will resume our in-person worship at the sanctuary and on that Sunday we will celebrate the 244th anniversary of America’s Independence. We published some guidelines on the church’s website for the reopening process and kindly request that you review them in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. We look forward to your presence
When we experience tough and uncertain times as we have, it can be an opportunity to put our faith into action and grow spiritually. It is in the good times that we nurture our faith and exercise it in times of uncertainty, hardship, temptation, suffering, and trouble.
In the prophecies of Isaiah we find the following encouragement: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (43:2). This verse gives the assurance of God’s presence when we face trying and challenging times. We should note that it is not “If” but “When” you pass through the waters. God’s people are not exempt from life’s struggles but by faith, we can look to God for help and deliverance.
God bless you.
Jefferson C. Niles, EdD, MAE, BA