Dear Church,

Early this morning, I sat at my desk and sent ten hand written letters to people from across the CSRA. While it is not unusual for me to write letters to friends in our church, this morning was a little different. You see, each of the ten people I sent letters to this morning have recently reached out to me via snail mail to let me know how much they appreciate our television ministry. In every single one of the letters I receive, these men and women are letting me know that over the past year and a half, our church has become like a home to them, in large part because they have been unable to get to in-person church due to the pandemic. These new friends write about how our music uplifts their soul and how the sermons continue to keep them connected to Jesus Christ. It made my day to read those letters. I hope it makes their day to receive my response.

I mention these letters to you because I want us to remember that there are still large numbers of people in our city that remain in their homes. There are significant numbers of men and women who continue to isolate because of the increasing danger of the Delta variant. I am willing to bet that someone within a few blocks of your own home is continuing to stay at home for the majority of their days. Now, more than ever, is the time when the people of God are called to step up and be the hands and feet of Christ. I am asking you to think about those people that you haven’t seen in a few weeks or months. At some point this week, reach out to them and simply check in. A phone call or a simple letter can make all the difference in the world.

On a completely different note, I hope you are making plans to be present on Sunday as we continue our series on the Sermon on the Mount! This week we are looking at Matthew 5:21-26. It’s going to be a wonderful Sunday at FBC, as we will also present Bibles to twenty-five children in our 9:00 and 11:00 service.

Friends, this is a great time to be a part of the First Baptist Church of Augusta. I am so grateful to be your pastor.

Grace and Peace,