Church Family, Good morning on this blessed last Sunday in 2020. God has been incredibly faithful to and over us throughout all we have gone through and I want to thank you for your faithful giving back to God with tithes, offerings and donations. God has blessed you. You have blessed God. And, for your faithful obedience, God continues to bless you. I wanted to make you aware that our online giving is always available for you to use and many have made that their primary me
Beloved, We are just a few hours from Christmas Day and I was thinking about you. I was thinking about how the light of the star of Bethlehem led shepherds and wise men to Jesus. I was thinking about how Jesus came to be the light of the world. And, then I began thinking about Christmas 2020 and the darkness that has shrouded over this particular season to the point where some have not put out Christmas lights as they have done in the past. It appears that some of the light
We are just TWO days before celebrating Christmas Day, the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. On that day, a new day, presents will be opened. Many will get things that they have not had before, new things.
Beloved, perhaps Christmas Day is best celebrated as a day of new things. It was a new thing for God to come into the world in the form of the creatures that God had created, humankind. It was a new thing for God to show radical love as a
We are almost one week away from celebrating Christmas Day 2020 and what a day of rejoicing I pray it will be for you, your family, your friends, your loved ones. It will be a Christmas like no other and you should thank God for being alive during a time like this. The way that God has brought victory out of defeat, hope in the midst of great challenge, transformation during a time of chaos, love, healing, and reconciliation in spite of those who choose hate, harm
Beloved, For those who were with us on Sunday, you will recognize the title of this email as being the same as the title for our current Advent/Christmas season preaching series, "An Unexpected Gift". We began with a focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus. I will not give away too much more but strongly suggest you watch it on Facebook Live if you missed it and encourage others to do the same as we prepare for next Sunday. As was preached on Sunday, we all can participate in si
Church Family, I am so thankful for all of the connections that we have had during the COVID-19 pandemic. God has blessed us to continue to grow in ways unimaginable during this season. And, it is all because of God's love for us. As we shared in the message yesterday, "An Unexpected Gift", our theme for this most unusual 2020 Christmas, God's love to us is a love to be shared by us so that others can know God's love as well. In showing, sharing and spreading that love, the
Beloved, The excitement of the month of December surrounding our approach to the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, cannot be diminished because of COVID-19. We have reason to celebrate and celebrate we will. Please make provisions for communion on Sunday by either getting by the church today for communion cups or setting aside articles - bread, wafer, juice - to be used when we have the in-person communion on Sunday. Looking forward to connecting with you on S
Beloved, We are in the Advent season, the time before the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Messiah. I imagine that some of you may still be remembering this very different Thanksgiving celebration that we had to experience on last Thursday. My family gathering was smaller than ever and the majority of my family, the Cain family, connected for a Zoom call where we could meet safely and not run the risk of sacrificing our health. I have heard from mo
My Beloved, Wonderful, Amazing, Remarkable, Incredible Zion Memorial Missionary Baptist Church Family, My greatest hope and desire for all is that you will have a day of joy, peace, and happiness in whatever way that God allows you to do so with family and friends in ways that will keep you connected, safe, and healthy. Appeal to God's wisdom in the decisions you make and God will never lead you astray. I am so thankful for all of you and this day that we have of rejoicing.
Beloved, We are one day away from Thanksgiving Day. Many are preparing for meals with likely a smaller gathering of family and friends from previous years. We may have taken this day a bit for granted and now, with the restrictions associated with COVID-19, we fondly remember and yearn for the days when we would have a house full of people smiling, laughing, joking, hugging, eating, and loving on one another. Do not lose those memories. By God's grace, we will have those d