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Rev. Jefferson Niles

From the Pastor

 

Dear Friends,

 

It is my delight to greet you at the opening of another year and introduce the first publication of our newsletter for 2021. I pray that you will “commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3).

 

This is a good time to pause and reflect before moving on into the new year. The year just ended was filled with many challenges chief among them being the coronavirus pandemic that impacted us in ways we couldn’t imagine. I trust that the lessons learned in 2020 will help us approach this new year with deep humility and faith in God.

 

It is fitting that I express my profound gratitude to all who labored faithfully and contributed significantly throughout last year to ensure that the work and witness of this congregation continued. Thank you for showing grit and resilience and remaining focused on the long-term goals. Let us renew our efforts for the year ahead because it is going to require a commitment to restore and rebuild as we continue to deal with the pandemic. 

 

Friends, we do not know what this year will bring but let us trust God who is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (always present), omnipotent (all-powerful), and benevolent to lead us as we pursue our journey in 2021.

 

On behalf of my family, I thank all who sent us greetings and gifts during the Christmas season. We appreciate the love and support you’ve shown us over the years and pledge to continue serving this congregation and community to the best of our ability. 

 

Happy New Year and may God’s richest blessings be yours.

 

Sincerely,

Jefferson C. Niles, EdD, MAE, BA

Pastor, FFUMC

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