Dear St. Andrew's Community,
It’s an interesting year to be celebrating the Fourth of July. The COVID pandemic infection rate has suddenly risen, and many public places are closing. The racial unrest of the last month has led to debates about how we honor our past. This week I was struck by the decision in Mississippi to abandon its flag that includes the confederate symbol so that, in the words of its Governor, all the people of the state will be able “to come together, to be reconciled and move on” after 126 years of division. But the flag will retain the phrase, “In God We Trust.”
So there is plenty of anxiety, fear, division – but also hope. And faith.
As our congregation moves into July and the fullness of summer, I trust God has already given us the vision for what needs to be done – it’s up to us to do it, as our “Feeding Our Neighbors” program demonstrated. As you know, that program evolved in a way that eventually included participation from churches in the neighborhood, and discussions are taking place to see if it is feasible to continue the work in a new way with leadership shared with the other congregations. Who knows where that may lead?
The PNC continues its journey in seeking the next pastor.
And – a week early – our Choir Director Erin McKibben gave birth to the new addition to their family, a miracle named “Roxanna.”
So life continues and the challenges are many. But with faith, hope, love and trust – and each other -- we join together to keep moving forward.