From The Pastor's Desk

Dear Congregation,

I wanted to take this opportunity to send you a personal note. I can imagine many are wondering when and how this pandemic will come to an end. Not only this, some may be concerned about contracting the illness. Maybe some are wondering what this will mean for the future of our church. I certainly understand our grappling with these questions and more. It is my prayer, even in the midst of all the uncertainty, that we are finding and experiencing peace. I have found Paul's words in Philippians 4:6-7 to be a true source of assurance, comfort and peace in the midst of this craziness.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

I, nor anyone else, have no earthly idea when and how this will end. However, I remain certain about the fact that God/Christ/Holy Spirit is with us. Since this is the case we can trust God/Christ/Holy Spirit to sustain and guide us through, daily. I am asking you to avoid, as much as possible, being consumed by the daily headlines that are, for the most part, exacerbating the anxiety and fear of many. Continue to find hope and peace through prayer, the reading of scripture and our Lenten Devotional.

I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you personally and I have been encouraged by the joy and hope you have shared. As well, by the fact that you are checking on one another. Please continue to do so, for I know this brings you joy and it certainly does for me. For those who have not heard from me personally, know that I am working my way through our rolls and you should expect to hear from me very soon. Nonetheless, I am always available to you. My cell number is 803-235-8115. Do not hesitate to reach out to me at anytime. I love all of you dearly and look forward to our getting back together. Continue to be safe and know this too shall pass. To God be the glory, still!

Yours In Christ,
Rev. L. R. Small, Sr.