From the Session Council, Diaconate, and Pastoral Staff,

May the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

As we return to our homes and places of work in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, it is our prayer that you and your loves ones, your homes and property are safe. We are happy to report to you that the church and the church campus survived the storm without flooding or structural damage.

Looking ahead, the 25th anniversary celebration for Steve and Kay has been postponed, date to be determined. As a community of faith, we will follow a regular Sunday morning schedule with worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am, and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The Choral Concert for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled. Families, parents, children, and youth, please refer to the church schedule as it outlines meeting times and venues for MADD and our youth ministry for the month of October.

Wednesday Kirk Night resumes this coming Wednesday with a supper menu that includes rosemary pork loin, mashed potatoes, spiced apples, salad bar, vegetarian stir fry and banana pudding. The Kid’s Menu will feature hotdogs. Small group studies for youth and adults will follow Evening Prayer in addition to the choral groups for children and adults.

In closing, we have weathered a significant storm. We stand beside and pray with neighbors who continue to suffer loss, and give thanks for the rainbows that remind us of God’s presence and promises especially in times of trouble. We celebrate with Nick and Jordan Plair in the Thursday morning birth of their son “Mason” at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, grandson of Richard and Jean Norris; and rejoice with Josh Derrick and Sydney Cummins, daughter of Karen Cummins, as they prepare to exchange wedding vows Saturday afternoon. With so much in front of us and so much to do, some of which appears overwhelming, may we take things one day at a time. One last word. John Jenkins tells the story of the preacher at the First Presbyterian Church, Anniston, Alabama who last Sunday shared the following perspective from the pulpit, “We can never thank God enough, but we can always thank God again.”

In the Name of Jesus Christ, peace and grace to all. Amen.