A Pastoral Letter

The first thing that must be said is a grateful "thank you" to each of you for being faithful to this Chapel during the last three months with your time, talents, and treasure. It has been a real blessing to see how each of you has responded to this unsettling and uncertain time with all your love for each other and your encouragement to the pastoral and lay leadership of this church. It has become so obvious that it is not a building that unites us but a merciful and powerful God who lives and dwells in the hearts of every person who calls this Chapel their spiritual home.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support this Chapel with their financial gifts. The ministries of this church have been sustained as the staff has quickly adapted to a constantly changing work environment and our volunteers never paused their efforts among us and in the community. Established ministries such as our Medical Supply Loan Program have been very active, new ministries like Staples for Students that provides groceries to families that depend on school breakfasts and lunches to feed their children, and new concepts such as phone calls by fourteen volunteer Care Deacons and daily devotions that remind us that together we are the unified body of Christ...all this because you have been faithful in your giving and your volunteering.

No doubt that this coronavirus pandemic has been the greatest crisis to face our Chapel in its forty-three year history, yet we have worshipped God, we have celebrated the sacraments, we have learned more about Jesus and ourselves, and we have served our members and our community through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of an ever-present and loving Lord.

The future continues to be uncertain. Together we are traveling into unknown territory to create a new "normal" for our Chapel. We pray that with God's blessing and your continued support and goodwill that we will not only survive but we will thrive in the months and years to come as we take the best of our Chapel's traditions and pair them with the hopes and dreams of a people who welcome what God has in store for us going forward.

I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand
so that I will not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad,
and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover my flesh will live in hope.
The Acts of the Apostles 11:25-26

Harlan McCaskill,
President, Chapel Board of Directors

Reverend Doctor Paul James,
Pastor