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Update on Resuming In-Person Worship

Dear sisters and brothers,

In an abundance of caution and facing logistical challenges, our session postponed the target date for resuming in-person worship until November 15th. We were previously looking at October 11th for testing outdoor/drive-in worship.

We know this may be disappointing news. We are very sorry.

Your health, and that of your loved ones, was our first concern. Yes, this is a very cautious approach. However, while holding off a couple weeks is disappointing, the possible consequences of someone becoming infected are terrible.

In-Person Worship Update

We Miss You

Dear brothers and sisters, after we were separated from you for a little while
(though our hearts never left you), we tried very hard to come back because
of our intense longing to see you again.

1 Thessalonians 2:17

Amy Harrison, one of our elders, shared this important update on June 11th. We encourage you to watch this very short video because it is still applicable.

We are eager to get together at the right time for our congregation. Amy, one of our elders, shares about the current status some of the considerations the session is taking into account.

The session will continue to revisit this question regularly. Please continue to pray for God's guidance.

July 2020 Pastor's Column - Serving Amid the Pandemic

If we have to go through a pandemic, I am glad to be surrounded by people like you!

You continue to love and support one another. Your encouragement to me is priceless. You are faithfully supporting the financial needs of our congregation. It is wonderful to be part of the ways you have met practical needs such as deliveries of toilet paper and food, driving each other to doctor appointments, and running errands. It is wonderful to hear how much your phone calls, emails, and notes mean to each other. We remain connected, even though we may be separated by distance and disease.

Statement on the Current Racial Climate by the Pastors of Oviedo Presbyterian and Hope Presbyterian at Lake Nona Churches

Nancy and I urge you to please watch this very brief, less than 2 minutes, video.

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Big Things Come in Small Packages

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Big things often come in small packages.

This was clearly true last Sunday afternoon as we served meals to people who are homeless and hungry. We were getting to the end of the food and things were winding down. People were still coming in small groups but the line was gone. A tall strong man noticed we might have some taco topping left over and asked Molly for whatever was left. He and Molly had spoken with each other during previous trips and he remembered her name. He’d tease her saying, “Good golly, Miss Molly.” With an overflowing plate in his hand, he persistently asked for more food. While the banter was playful on one level, I sensed an uncomfortable undertone so I walked over and stood by Molly. I quickly realized that Molly didn’t need any help. She playfully sparred with him and proved to be more than his match. As more people came through the line it appeared that little or nothing would be left. The man continued to push for whatever remained in the pot – now rather than later. But Molly patiently and kindly told him to wait until everybody was served. Then, as Molly scooped the final remains of taco meat from her pot for someone else, something totally wonderful happened. Ginger.

July 2015 Pastor's Ponderings

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Last week we were confronted by a terrible tragedy. Racism and hatred drove a young man to slaughter nine people and deeply impact the lives of countless others. We face the question of, “What must we do?” Remaining the same is not an option.

June 2013 - Pastors Newsletter Article

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Do you remember the first time you visited this church? Did you walk in not knowing anybody? Did you encounter unknown faces, music, and habits? What made you feel welcome? What brought you back?

Since you received this newsletter you most likely worshipped with us; probably more than once. Some of you are longtime members. Many have recently started to worship and serve with us. Others are in the process of checking things out.

Each of us was at one time a “visitor.”

This is Discipling - Video from Sunday Nov. 13

Several people had requested information on how they could view and share the video that I shared during the sermon on Sunday.

February 2014 Pastor's Ponderings

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Thank you for giving to the Lord!

Giving anything to anyone is a big step. To give is to understand that it is not all about “me.” Giving may grow out of concern for the needs of others outweighing our own, love, the joy of giving, gratitude, being content with what we have, and God working in our hearts.

As Christians we give from more than our wallets. We give our hearts to God to be shaped like his. We give time, concern, friendship, a listening ear, helpful hands, strong backs, as well as soft hearts to those in need. We speak up and stand up for those who are silenced.