My dear friends,
Let’s start with our COVID update. As of last Monday our numbers have decreased in Bay County but we’re not out of the woods yet. Vaccines are going to be made more available in more places so if you have been frustrated, be patient and I am confident you will have yours sooner than later. For those under 65 we will have to wait a little while longer. Meanwhile, our Zoom meetings continue with Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening Bible Studies. We also have Men’s Fellowship Time on Thursday morning. To join in any of these meetings please contact the Church Office for login information.

The United Methodist Women were very successful in their Souper Bowl food donation campaign. They received a whopping 658 cans of soup for the needy. Congratulations to all those women who worked so hard to make this event a success.

Next Wednesday, February 17th, marks the start of our Advent Season. The first day is called Ash Wednesday and we will observe that day with two opportunities to receive ashes. The first will be from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in a drive through event at the front of the church. I will administer ashes in a safe manner as you sit in your car. The second service will be at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This will also be broadcast virtually. The application of ashes will be done safely there as well and symbolically for those at home. Also because of the service there will be no Bible Study that evening.

There have been several of our flock expressing a strong desire to be more effective as a Church in ministry and in mission. I am in favor of any new ministry that can be done safely in our Church. If you have an idea for a ministry the next step is to make an appointment with me to discuss the logistics and to make sure that the ministry is appropriate for this Church and consistent with our social principles. Please be in prayer about what the Lord may be leading you to do.

This coming Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Though the day originally focused on the “eros” love between couples, it has been expanded to observe love between friends and neighbors. Please look for opportunities to love those who might be in need in your community or in your own neighborhood.

Don Gedeon is seeking anyone who would like to sing or play an instrument during our Sunday morning worship. If you are that person or know somebody that might want to share their talent, please contact Don Gedeon or the Church Office.

That’s all for this week. Like the Apostle Paul would say, “keep fighting the good fight”. God is with us; we are not alone.
Pastor John