When we, as a congregation, are witness to the baptism of a child, we collectively covenant to help his or her parents raise the child in Christian faith. Even if not baptized at Starmount, when a child is welcomed into our congregation, we pick up where the other church left off, continuing to raise the child in faith.
One of the children of our church, Elvis Kotagonda, is in need of us to take those baptismal vows to heart and action now. As many of us know, Elvis suffered a brain aneurysm on December 29. He continues to recover at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He needs our continued prayers as he does well. But he also needs our prayers as he and his family navigate the treatment and decisions that lie ahead.
But it's not as simple as that - Elvis' brothers and sisters are also needing us to take those baptismal vows to heart and action as well - Sthesy, Elsa, Justine, Boris, and Fidelia need our help. The family needs our prayers and help - food, laundry, minor house repairs, and more.
The plans and needs are coming to light day-by-day. For those of you who have offered to help - THANK YOU. Your offerings have not been forgotten. For those of you who would like to help, we are also wanting to hear from you. Teams are being formed for the different areas where needs are present. The leaders of "Team Elvis" (Leslie Webb, Cathy Coons, Margaret Huffman, Neil Huffman and Mark Hammer) are working to sort out the different areas of need and how to plug people in. Please email
or give her a call at the church.
I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday as we remember our baptism while celebrating Jesus' baptism. Jim Fisher and Karen Smith will share part of their faith stories with us. New elders will be ordained and installed. It's shaping up to be a full and rich worship service!