Today’s Word from Pastor Jim…
“I thank my God in every remembrance of you.” Philippians 1:3
I want to just pause and say, “thank you.” I am quite sure that I don’t say thank you nearly enough. We have been in this crisis for more than 100 days and you have been inspirational. For more than 100 days now, you have read our daily musings, watched our Sunday Services, taken part in trivia contests and food drives. You have sent cards and letters, baked cookies and sewn masks. For more than 100 days you have held your church staff in prayer and carried us along the way. We miss you! We miss seeing you! We are so very thankful for you.
For more than 100 days you have sent in checks, made gifts online, or set up automatic payments through your bank. Your generosity has allowed us to keep paying our staff and to keep money moving to our neighbors in need. TLC is the rare non-profit who gives money to non-profits. We have given more than $50,000 in the last 100 days to non-profits like Good Cheer, Gifts from the Heart, Helping Hand, and Senior Services of Island County. Without your support, we could not make these contributions. Contributions that put food on the tables of financially distressed neighbors, pay light bills, and help people to stay in their homes.
How much longer? We don’t know. No one knows how long we will endure this season of isolation, loss, illness, and death. What is very clear is that we will continue to be the church together, though we are apart. We will continue to be the church of Jesus; feeding the hungry, offering water to the thirsty, and sharing grace with parched souls. We will continue to be the church, and for that I give thanks.
It has been 115 days since we canceled worship and closed our campus. How long, Lord, will we have to wander in uncertainty? No one knows, but everyone knows that we are one day closer to the end of this season of contagion.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for staying on the road with me, for reminding me that I am not alone, for being the church together.
A special shout-out thank you to Rocky Knickerbocker and Pat McBiles who installed the newest addition to our columbarium. It looks fantastic. Get your space now, this is one trip that you know will happen.
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