Dear Saint Andrew’s family and friends, Happy 2021.
As we move into what we hope is a new year filled with health and increasing promise, I have spent time thinking about what we, as a congregation, have to be thankful for.
We have not been able to worship together at Saint Andrew’s since March, but we have, with increasing dexterity, been able to continue to be together on Sunday mornings and even celebrate the most holy days of our church year with prayer, incredible music and messages that have inspired. (Our Christmas Eve service had 66 people participating: a new Zoom record.)
This year of the pandemic has made the calling of a new rector difficult, but our Search Committee remains diligent and committed. One of our greatest blessings has been Father Mark. Since September of 2019 he has been with us to shepherd our small flock, provide continuing support, and offer new opportunities for Christian growth and connections. I cannot imagine how we could have fared as well without him.
During this time of chaos and uncertainty we have been able to continue our Non-Food Pantry ministry thanks to Kate Berry, Christiane Wisehart, Martha Rainbolt, Karen Hirt Mannon and countless other volunteers. Our children and Zac bring many smiles and new joys to our worship and we had a successful pledge campaign. Yes, Saint Andrew’s has much to be thankful for.
Although we know Covid 19 is far from eradicated, the vaccines bring hope to us all. As we wait for our turn to be vaccinated and continue to move closer to gathering in our sanctuary, I will continue to be grateful for each one of you, for the people who continue to support our ministries, for Albrecht, Renee and Terry for sharing their gifts and dedication, and to our Lord for indeed holding us all in the palm of his hand.
With love and prayers for a healthier tomorrow,