Good Morning!

Hope you are all well and staying warm! My goodness! It’s 33 degrees right now, and that is warm compared to our neighbors up north! Spring is coming! It always has. It always will. So I guess we should find the beauty in winter. Here are some interesting facts you perhaps did not know:

The earth is closest to the sun in winter.

Squirrels save more than just seeds for the winter. The red squirrel is creative. Along with nuts and seeds, these critters actually dry out mushrooms in trees to make their own mushroom jerky!

The residents of Bethel, Maine built the largest recorded snowwoman that measured over 122 feet! It took 13 million pounds of snow!

It’s cold, but it’s never too cold to come to church and enjoy the warmth of the smiles and the love found there! Our service tomorrow includes Holy Communion, as well as a few thoughts on what it means to be the salt and the light of the earth. You may be surprised as we dig into what that looks like. Tomorrow will also be the Sunday we welcome Carter Vandiver. Carter is going to be playing for us for as we move into formally replacing Justin Tarver as our pianist. This will be a new experience for Carter, and we want to welcome him and make him feel at home! Carter is from Ringgold, Georgia and is a sophomore at West Georgia in the music department.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who were able to attend the planning meeting last Sunday. As we begin the year, there are four areas where you might want to get involved. Worship, Outreach, Hospitality and Education.  Each of these areas will meet soon to discuss plans for the year. The Hospitality  Team, led by Jackie Pate, will be meeting on Wednesday, February 8, at 2:00 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend!  It’s going to be a wonderful year of ministry for us!

I love you all! Thanks for letting me be your pastor! Please pray for me as I always pray for you! See you tomorrow! I miss you when you are not able to be there!

Grace and Peace,