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Message from Pastor Richard
December 16, 2020
Dear Church Family,
I hope you and your family are doing well. As you may have heard, I tested positive for COVID-19 about three weeks ago. I'm thankful that I was not hospitalized, and I am thankful Debbie did not get sick. It is the sickest I have ever been. Thank the Lord I am almost over it.
I still tire easily, feel short of breath, and have trouble tasting and smelling things.
I appreciate all your prayer, calls, texts, cards, and expressions of concern. Seems strange to be on the receiving end of things.
In our last letter we mentioned that our plan was to re-open church services on December 20. Unfortunately, because the situation has not improved much, we are not going to be able to do this. We are hoping we can start up again on January 10, 2021, but will have to wait and see. We will let you know what we decide.
Of all the times of the year to be shut down, this is perhaps one of the most difficult. What's Christmas without all the singing, sharing, and spending time together with those we love? I really miss seeing everyone and being with everyone. I'm praying that God gives you the best Christmas ever. I'm praying that someone incredibly special comes to your house; not Santa, but our Savior-Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your prayerful and generous support of our ministry. May God bless each and everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
In His Love,
Pastor & Debbie
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