An update from Pastor David
Friends in Christ,

            Bishop David Graves, Resident Bishop of the Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, has requested that we suspend all services and gatherings at our churches through March 31 (a link to his statement may be found here ).  This request is being made out of a deep compassion for all persons in our communities.  In order to help advance public safety and well-being during these uncertain times Perdido Bay United Methodist Church has suspended all services and gatherings through March 31.  We will work with local authorities and follow the continued and developing advice of the CDC as we assess what will come following March 31.  
Our office remains open during regular hours of operations.  I am returning emails, texts, and phone calls as quickly as I am able.  We have already continued our pastoral care ministry over the phone – and while this is not our preferred way to administer care, we know it is in the best interest of everyone’s well-being.  I look forward to this Sunday’s Facebook Live Worship service.  I will be preaching from Luke 14, and our Praise Band will lead us in worship.  We will also host a virtual Bible study on Wednesday, March 25.  I will be teaching the last lesson in our Study of Revelation, which may be viewed through Facebook Live or afterwards on our website.  Our program ministries will offer mid-week, virtual Bible Studies for our Children and Youth that can also be accessed through our website.  We continue to work with the Escambia County Schools on making sure our area children our adequately fed during this unprecedented school closing.

Please continue to email us or call the church office for any way that we can be in Christian service to you or your neighbors. Continue to join us in praying for the church and the world.
Please remember your commitment to faithful stewardship and continue to support our ministries through online giving, http://www.perdidobay.church/giving
       
     Today is St. Patrick’s Day.  We celebrate a great evangelist from the turn of the fifth century who displayed an incredibly courageous and adaptive leadership as he boldly spread the Gospel.  I am always inspired by his Breastplate Prayer, here is an excerpt that holds me close to God and the Body of Christ: 

I arise today 
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
I arise today, through
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's shield to protect me,
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.