Message from the Pastor

September 22nd update from David Bridges

Dear Friends, As I’m writing this morning the creek is creeping up behind my home to levels I haven’t seen for three years.  Normally, we can’t even see the water in the creek from our windows.  So even though we’ve seen the creek rise many times over the past two decades, it’s still somewhat shocking to see how high it can get and how quickly it can flow.  But I don’t get as anxious as I used to when the…

September 15th update from David Bridges

Someone sent me a list of goals recently.  The goal heading was “to be more like Jesus this year.”  It was a clever list that included things like, “hanging out with sinners, telling stories that make people think, choosing unpopular friends, being loving and merciful, and taking naps on boats.”  I loved the last way this person was committed to being like Jesus-a nap on a boat sounds good.  But most of all, I loved the overall goal.  I wonder…

September 8th update from David Bridges

As I approached the check-out register, the clerk greeted me cheerily, even though I couldn’t see her face.  “How are you today?”  “Well,” I told her, then added, “and you?”  “I’m doing VERY well,” she responded.  Her chipper interaction made me look more closely to see if I knew her, but I didn’t.  Why was this woman, 30 years my youth, being so friendly?  I had no answer, but by the time our interaction was over, I was smiling behind…

August 25th update from Bobby Kirkpatrick

Hello Friends, This week for our pastoral update, there are two big items in this email: 1. A quick word about the situation with the hurricane 2. An extended update on re-opening for in-person worship in September and October As we carefully watch the hurricane that has entered the gulf this morning, our weekly pastoral email is a little bit longer than usual today. There’s a lot to talk about and announce! Much of this update comes from David Bridges,…

August 11th update from David Bridges

My vocation was no surprise to anyone in my extended family. My grandfather, along with four of my uncles were pastors. I also have two cousins who are pastors and my youngest brother works in the denominational office of his church. This past week, one of my uncles who was a pastor died, and his life was remembered and celebrated by close friends and family members. It was easy for me to think of things for which I was thankful…