As we turn the pages of our calendars, leaving the days of September behind and stepping into October, we might look back to see how many weeks we have been navigating a global pandemic. We might feel an element of shock as we count the days of social distancing and wearing masks. We continue to monitor the case numbers in our area, longing to gather together, but remaining patient, prioritizing everyone’s safety.
On October 4, we will celebrate Pledge Sunday. We will give thanks for the commitment of the congregation, as we care for one another and serve the community beyond our walls. Estimate of Giving cards have been sent to the congregation. We are thankful for the collective efforts of our church!
On October 11, we look forward to Children’s Sabbath, where our children will lead us in worship. We will celebrate their voices and support their gifts. The theme of this year’s Children’s Sabbath is Keep Singing! During a time when we are not able to sing together, we will remember how important it is to us, giving thanks for its role in our faith.
On October 18, the Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will celebrate its first virtual Fall Gathering. We will celebrate the twenty-year partnership between Alabama CBF and Sowing Seeds of Hope, a rural development coalition. The special guest will be Dr. Wayne Flynt, one of the original dreamers of Sowing Seeds of Hope. Information about registering for this virtual event is found on the website of Alabama CBF (www.alabamacbf.org).
We give thanks for the lay leadership of the congregation, as it continues to meet the challenges and opportunities of the day. Committees and Deacons continue to meet virtually, planning and discussing the ministry of the church. We give thanks for their efforts and discernment, as we share this journey of faith!