Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Experiencing the Joy of God’s Love in Action!
Over the last 7 weeks, life has changed so much and yet in the midst of these life adjustments we have seen the power of God moving greatly in our lives. Today we had our first parking lot worship service where 20+ cars and about 40 persons worshipped together from a safe distance in cars and in a social distance seating area for those without vehicles or assisting in the service today.
When we first talked about having such a service, it seemed way out of the box and as it came closer to the day there was excitement and uncertainty in the air. Would everyone be able to hear? Would anyone come? Would folks enjoy it? All in all, it was an enjoyable time that we had worshipping the Lord. At times folks honked their praises to God. At other times they handed in offering via the old worship baskets on long poles. It was windy but the Spirit of God was strong and we saw the hope of the Lord and knew it was our strength.
We also celebrated some blessings. We received a new believer by baptism during COVID-days. We celebrated one of our friends receiving her apartment keys for the first time in some years. One of our sisters dreams of her own place has become a reality. We celebrated having a thank you message on our sign just in time for the Solidarity ride of first responders from all our surrounding communities supporting our health care workers during this difficult time. They went right by the church on Thursday evening as they rode by all of the hospitals in the Pontiac area. Together we passed on hope to the hurting and prayed for healing for those ill in body, spirit, and soul.
Thank you to all who give so much for others. We have had so many folks give to the emergency food pantry for families in need in Pontiac. We didn’t know what this would look like or who would be fed when First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham asked if we would house such a thing as COVID-days were beginning in our area. We have found that many of the folks fed are clients of Centro Multicultural la Familia with little or no means to provide for their families during the shutdown. We also feed some of our homeless brothers and sisters each week and others that are food insecure on Saturdays with Meals-to- Go and the food cart. It is a joy to have people from all walks of life come and experience God’s blessings and being changed.
Thank you for all you do to share Christ’s love with others in our world. Through your love people are seeing you and your church as the hands and feet of Christ. We believe when this pandemic is done and we have returned to our lives we will be able to look back and see how we have fed the hungry, clothed those in need of clothing, helped the homeless to find a home, visited the stranger (from a distance of course) and shared Christ’s love with the stranger, the outcast, the saint and the sinner and demonstrated our love without partiality as did Christ.
Many Blessings upon you,
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey