Dear Church,

Earlier this week, I was looking over my calendar to see the last time we, collectively as a church, shared a meal together on Wednesday night. The date was March 4, 2020. As you all know, the pandemic turned the world upside down, and Wednesday night dinners were one of the things that we had to shut down as a result of COVID-19. I don’t think I ever imagined how much I would miss our time together on Wednesday nights. That was the one time during the week that I was able to not only see, but actually spend time with YOU!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Sunday mornings. It is the high point of our week as we celebrate the Resurrected Christ, but those days are usually a blur for me! I see hundreds of people, but I don’t really get to spend time with anyone. Wednesday nights are different. We move at a slower and more deliberate pace. I am able to stop by each table and check in on how life is going with each of you. I get to teach a Bible Study where we jump in to topics that enliven and enlighten my soul! And as an added benefit, we get to share an incredible meal together.

Yes, it has been seventy-five weeks since we gathered for Wednesday night dinner. So, I am thrilled that WE BEGIN OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES AGAIN TONIGHT! Dinner begins at 5:00 and I am so excited for you to meet our new Chef, Ray Burnette. The menu for this evening is included in this edition of the Interpreter. We are also beginning our Wednesday night Bible studies, a list of which you can find in this newsletter. This is going to be a wonderful evening where we celebrate the good work that God is doing in our community. I hope that you are planning to be here. (I certainly want to stress that we are making every effort to ensure your safety in our serving procedures and policies. We will also have plenty of tables set out so you will be able to socially distance if you would prefer to do so.)

Finally, I want to remind you that this week in worship we are taking a look at Matthew 5:13-20. Have you been starting your day with the Sermon on the Mount? I sure hope so, as I know that it has been a life-giving way for me to start my days. This is going to be an excellent Sunday at FBC Augusta and I hope you are making plans now to be with us!

Grace and Peace,