January 20, 2021
On Monday, our nation remembered and celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a prophetic voice who committed his life to witnessing to the basic truth of the Gospel: that in Jesus Christ, God’s love and mercy is extended to all of God’s children. I am especially mindful on this Inauguration Day that as Americans and fellow followers of Jesus Christ we are each called to continue that work of recognizing the image of God in all of our neighbors regardless of race, age, gender, creed, or any other dividing line we might draw.   

To that end, I am excited to begin an eight-week study this afternoon with a group of about thirty-five church members and friends using the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving. My hope is that this study will be a positive first step for many of us towards exploring the myriad ways that race, bias, stereotypes, etc. has and may continue to cloud our ability to see God’s image in others. More so though, my prayer is that it will help to renew and deepen our church’s commitment to building what Dr. King famously referred to as the “beloved community” here in Glynn County and beyond.

Finally, a quick update regarding the now nearly complete Sanctuary and Ashantilly Wing renovation. The last big piece of the project is the installation of our new organ, which was originally slated to begin this past Monday. Unfortunately, we received word last week though that a number of employees at the organ company in Atlanta tested positive for COVID19. Thankfully everyone seems to be recovering okay, but it has delayed the start of the organ installation to February 1. The building committee anticipates the installation to take at least three weeks. For that reason, along with elevated hospitalization and infection rates here in Glynn County, we anticipate that we will continue worshipping online and outdoors until at least the beginning of March. 

Sticking with love,
Rev. Alan Dyer
Pastor
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January 17, 2021
Musical Notes
As I read the scripture for this Sunday (Mark 1:14-20) I thought about how the disciples just “up and went.” These guys didn’t hesitate, but they dropped everything they had to go and serve. I’ll never forget what a member of a former church that I belonged to always said when I called to ask him to do something, “Whatever it is, the answer is yes!” – and that was before I even told him what it was.  I believe that we have a few of those members ourselves at SSPC.  Members of our choir and music program are much the same. It’s very rare that I get turned down when I ask for service to the church. If I do, it’s usually a very good reason why they are unable to say yes.   
 
John Sergey is a snowbird from Pennsylvania that sings bass in our choir. He is the dad of Tanya Sergey, owner of A Moveable Feast. Thank you, John, for helping to lead hymns last Sunday!   I’ve asked four members of our choir to sing “I Will Arise” – Alice Parker’s arrangement of this traditional American tune from Southern Harmony. Jan Maloof, Nancy Matthews, Tom Haughney, and John Sergey will sing at the 10:30 service. The main words of the refrain are:   

I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms, 
in the arms of my dear Savior, Oh, there are ten thousand charms. 

While doing research on this hymn, I found that there were six verses. The last one struck me as I read it – perhaps this is the reason that we hesitate to serve. “I’m not good enough. I’ll just mess it up.” Service is important in the Christian life. Finding your gifts and talents and offering them in service is a holy sacrifice. The last verse quoted was this one:   

Let not conscience make you linger, not of fitness fondly dream; 
All the fitness He requireth is to feel your need of Him. 

We need Jesus. We need each other more than ever to do God’s work in the world. Jesus calling the disciples is a model for us about how to answer the call to service. I’ll have to say that SSPC is full of those who answer YES to their church and I am humbled to serve in such company. I want to take this opportunity to thank David Keen, who rescued our keyboard last week. The stand for it was about to fall apart from pushing it back and forth between the classroom and the tent at Frederica Academy. Several helped to load it in my car so that we could transport it to David’s home. Having helped with set up at the school, David knew what was needed to repair the stand and make it so it was easier to move the instrument. Just a couple of days later, he called me to let me know it was ready. Using quality materials, he repaired it beautifully. On Sunday, it was amazing to roll it easily back and forth. Thank you, David!   

Our hymn of the day is Here I Am, Lord, hymn 69. It is a favorite of our congregation and rightly so. The quartet will lead us in singing Guide My Feet, hymn 741 for the introit.   
 
Love & Gratitude,  
Rhonda
Island Concert Assoc.
The Week Ahead
Sunday, January 24
8:30 am Live Stream Worship - Online
9:00 am Combined Sunday School - Zoom
9:00 am Britt Class - Online
10:30 am Outdoor Worship - Frederica Academy
4:30 pm Discover SSPC - Zoom
6:30 pm Youth Gathering - Location Varies

Monday, January 25
10:00 am Chancel Ensemble - Location Varies

Tuesday, January 26
9:30 am Staff Meeting - Zoom
2:00 pm Ladies Bible Study - Veranda

Wednesday, January 27
10:00 am Men’s Bible Study - Zoom
4:00 pm KidZ Crew - Veranda
5:00 pm Book Study: Waking Up White - Zoom
7:00 pm Chancel Ringers - Social Hall

Thursday, January 28
10:00 am Grief Group - Social Hall

Friday, January 29
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