Dear Friends:

I hope this finds you and your family well.  As I said this past Sunday, “It’s bad but it ain’t all bad.”  Truly in the midst of all that is going on, we still have much to thank God for.

It certainly was good to have some folks back in the building for church this past Sunday.  Please don’t take this wrong or take it as a complaint, but I was getting a bit weary preaching to an empty building.  So, having real, live people in the room was a great thing for me.  And I am looking forward to this Sunday when we plan to have even more real, live people in the room. I sure hope you are making plans to attend either the 8:30 or 11:00 service.

Speaking of attending one of those two services this Sunday, I think it is important that you know that the volunteers did an outstanding job in helping people get in the building, helping them get seated, and helping them exit the building at the end of the service.  I appreciated and admired the great efforts they made in caring for all who came.

Although it has been awhile since we officially “had church”, I want you to know that a lot of important stuff has been happening.  You have a great staff that cares deeply for the congregation and is committed to doing their best for you and the community.  Your Pastor Search Committee has been faithful to continue their work even with all of this pandemic stuff going on.  You have very capable people dedicated to making sure Sunday School is available every Sunday to all who will take advantage of it.  And there are a multitude of volunteers that are simply getting things done so that the ministry of the church can continue.  Although none of these folks expect anything for doing any of these things, we really do owe them a debt of gratitude for their dedication to the task and their focus on the ministry of the church.

This Sunday, Lord willing, I plan on starting a new preaching series that I am calling Broken.  I am going to spend four weeks looking at four different Bible characters who were anything but perfect.  In fact, we could say that they were broken but God used them in incredible ways. 

The point of this series will be not only to remind us that we are all broken but also that God can and will use us to accomplish great and good things.  My hope is this will be an encouragement to many.

I look forward to being with many of you Sunday.

Dr. Joe Ligon
Interim Pastor

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