September 19, 2020
Brothers and Sisters of our Boiling Springs Family,
As we all know by now, the stated mission of the Church is to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The success of any Church, regardless of denominational affiliation, is measured by how well we work together in order to make this real, effective and meaningful for our members—and also for our community friends—who participate and take part in our worship services, organizations, events and programs.
This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, our mettle has been tested beyond what anyone would ever have imagined. On March 14th, in consultation with our Council Chair, Lay Leader, Discipleship Ministries Director and our Staff Parish Relations Chair, we suspended all Church services, meetings and activities. Since that time, using directives and suggestions from our Conference, as well as public health authorities on the federal and state level, we have been working our way back to what will be our “new normal.”
Although we know that we cannot ever please everyone at the same time, we have listened to the opinions and advice from many corners of our membership, and through the efforts of our senior elected officers and our Church Council, have slowly and judiciously resumed at least some of our programs and activities.
Plans are being explored to resume, at some level, our children and youth programs. Our Youth Group has resumed weekly meetings, with masks and social distancing. Some of our other parents are still skeptical of coming back together in groups. In addition, some of our volunteers, who are themselves health-compromised, are understandably reluctant to be in a group setting. We shall endeavor to do the very best we can with the resources—both personal and material—available to us, as quickly as we are able. Scientific data and the safety of our members and community friends must remain paramount.
Our South Carolina Annual Conference will take place virtually on Saturday, October 17th. With the entry into the Upper Sanctuary of our dear disciple-friend Walt Crozer, our Church Council has elected Susan Sheldon to succeed him. Our continued prayers for Susan as she assumes this important position.
As I will make reference to in my sermon this coming Sunday, attitude is everything. We can look at a glass and see it as half-empty, or we can see it as half-full. I am a “half-full” looking person—and I hope all of you are, too! I am excited as to what the rest of this year will bring—new opportunities for ministry and growth, new opportunities to reach the un-churched, and new opportunities to deepen and refine our own faith! Will each of you be a part of the process—a part of the excitement?
In conclusion, as I have said many times before, we can accomplish more together than we ever could do alone. Through prayer and the guidance of God’s precious and ever-present Holy Spirit, we can and should totally believe the words of Jesus Christ Himself…
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing,
and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to
the Father.And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that
the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for
anything in my name, and I will do it.”
May we be great disciples together. May we have faith, hope, love and peace in all that we say and do during this slowly waning pandemic. And let us keep up our resolve to “make disciples for Jesus Christ” with all the power and patience we can muster! As always, I value your opinions and comments, as we journey together…
In the name of Jesus Christ,