May 2020

It’s been a little over three weeks now since the tornado struck Seneca, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.  As you already know, our neighborhood was hit really hard and the landscape was radically transformed.  What used to be a nice wooded community with some beautiful hardwoods, is now a pretty desolate place with very few trees remaining.  We lost about 85 trees just in our yard.  But God is so good and we feel so incredibly blessed!  And Joye and I want to express our deepest gratitude to you, our church family, for how you have come alongside of us and ministered to us.  You’ve not only prayed for us, but many of you rallied to our home with chainsaws in hand to help us dig out of our horizontal forest.  And then there are the meals you prepared for us – every day for two weeks!  Unbelievable!  Joye and I have eaten so well it’s a wonder we haven’t ballooned out and gained a bunch of weight. Thank you for feeding us such wonderful meals prepared by such loving hands.  But actually, the best part about getting those meals was seeing you in person – face to face.  How we have missed seeing you and what a joy it was to enjoy a few moments of fellowship with you.  And lastly, I want to thank you for your amazing generosity – the way you have given to the Pastor’s Relief Fund established by the Session to help David and me get back on our feet.  Words are inadequate to express our gratitude for your generosity and kindness to us.  Thank you a million times over!

Well, I know that everyone is eager to get back together for worship and fellowship.  I know some churches will begin meeting in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully, we won’t be too far behind.  Of course, when we do, things will be a little different.  We’ll still have to exercise extreme caution – maintain the social distance and possibly wear masks.  But at least, we’ll be together.  Let’s continue praying for our leaders – president, governor, and church elders – so that we’ll know exactly when to pull the trigger and crank things up again. 

Hope each of you are doing well, and hope that by God’s grace, I’ll see you soon!

In the Bonds of His Love!   
Tom

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