Some Thoughts

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 122:1

Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Psalm 92:13-14

Many have expressed a desire to be back assembling with God’s people again. I’m encouraged greatly by this and concur with your sentiments. Read Psalm 84 and see David’s love for God’s house!

Thanks to so many that have made carrying on in these circumstances possible: pastoral staff, secretaries, A.V. and tech support, and of course, our song leaders and musicians. It’s also been a blessing to have many in-house preachers (old and young) bring us God’s word.

It’s always encouraging to hear from you, as we have tried to reach out and stay in touch by finding out what needs, along with prayer requests you may have.

We’re constantly trying to improve the streaming of the services with an intro and count-down and . . .
but sometimes the equipment doesn’t cooperate (spazzy cameras that like to rotate). Keep praying, as our guys are working hard to stay one step ahead of the demons in the technology.

The assistance fund is up and running again and we’re in the process of adding Pay-Pal as another way of electronic giving, along with Bill-Pay. Hopefully the weekly S.M.S. updates have been helpful. If you want to be included, go to the bottom of the church website and follow the directions to get the updates sent to your phone. Please pray for wisdom as I see May as the rubber month that will have things slowly transitioning back to normal. This will create much head-scratching with decision after decision concerning services, events, etc.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23

Some of us are finding ourselves busier as a result of this pandemic (or is it a Dem-Panic? hmm.), but if you have a lot of down time right now:

  • Enjoy the simpler things of life such as family and . . . . .
  • Ask God to show you some things as a result of your disrupted routines.
  • Maintain structure and discipline:
    • Personal and family devotions
    • Prayer
    • Systematic giving
    • Punctuality – TVBC is setting a dangerous precedent starting services on time! Yeah, wonder how long that’s gonna last on Sunday evenings. Some were joking about eventually coming to church in their P.J.’s. Ha! New contemporary phenomenon, Pajama Christians!

Finally, take your spouse by the hand and enjoy a walk in this beautiful weather (and thank God you don’t live in a state where you could get arrested) and don’t forget to reach out to someone with a gospel tract.

Carol and I love all of you and are anxious to see you face to face again.

Your Pastor and Friend,

Rick DeMichele