Greetings!

I hope you all are well and safe, as we continue to navigate through these uncharted waters. 

I’ve just finished watching the latest sermon on our computer. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Steve for his devotion to our church and community. And, a huge thank you to Megan, who has continued to ensure we are informed. And that the daily functions of the church are attended too. I am aware of the many volunteers who continue to carry on, providing vital services to our church and community. 

For me and I would imagine for many, this past Easter and subsequent Sundays will be remembered as something special for a very long time. It seems as though Steve is in constant video production, trying to outdo his last Children’s moment and to keep our spirits uplifted and all of us connected. 

I am confident that many of you are anxious and concerned about returning to something close to “normal.” As leaders, it is a difficult decision to make whether or not to reopen now or to wait. We, as your leadership, must be sensitive to many factors and feelings. When we make this decision, it will be based on guidance from our Church leadership as well as our local and governmental health care professionals. I can assure you; Steve and I are discussing this very issue. At the moment, our Bishop has asked us not to hold services until the first of June.

For now, I ask for your prayers and patience. I am sure some would encourage an immediate reopening, and others would prefer to wait. All these opinions and feelings are being considered as we determine a course of action. As your leadership team, we are responsible for making this decision with everyone’s best interests in mind. We will prayerfully consider all options and methods of returning to church. At the moment, our reopening will likely be very different from our past normal.

So, continue to be faithful to one another, keeping in touch as best you can and always know we are here for you and each other.

As Steve reminded us, sometimes, “Life just ain’t Fair.” But what is certain, we are continually loved and comforted by our Heavenly Father.

God Bless,

Rob, Lay Leader

Romans 8:38-39 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hello Church! Happy Saturday, [May 23, 2020] to YOU! 

Today, I’d like to begin with a “Thank YOU!” Seeing your smiling faces, [Michael’s video], was the right medicine for me! YOU made my day! Words are not sufficient to express my gratitude; however, I gave it a whirl in Coffee with Steve. 

As you saw, life doesn’t always go according to plan. [I’m o.k., thank you.] My hope was we would be able to return to in-person worship; however, your safety is a high priority. For that reason, there is no target date to return at this time. 

The day after, Coffee with Steve was published, Bishop David Graves recommended local congregations, [May 21, 2020], not hold in-person worship through June. You may remember, as Bishop Graves reminded us, “The Church is not closed. The Church is alive!” 

We’ve not missed a beat, our on-line communication, [Coffee with Steve, Talks on the Blackwater, Let the Children Come, & your Sunday message], keeps us connected. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Church is alive and well! 

And thank you, Rob Young, Lay Leader, and Jeff Abram, Finance Chair for your letters to the Church, your words were MUCH appreciated. 

I approached Talks on the Blackwater differently on Friday, focusing on Memorial Day. In the center of the Santa Rose County Veterans Plaza, stands a monument, with these words inscribed, “FALLEN, NOT FORGOTTEN,” Memorial Day is a time to remember. 

Let the Children Come will be exciting with Professor Logan’s return, providing for the children, not one but two experiments. Sunday tune in! You’ll not want to miss this episode. And don’t forget to download your children’s activity pages. 

Your message for Memorial Day weekend is entitled, “A Time to Remember” with a Biblical foundation from John’s words, [John 15:13]. The words “FALLEN, NOT FORGOTTEN,” stand out to me, this is a time to remember expressing our deepest gratitude for the men and women who gave their last breath, that we might “Live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the BRAVE!” 

As always, each of you, remain in my heart and prayers daily. 

Stay Faithful and Remember YOU, Matter,

Steve Warren, Pastor

First Church Milton
Where Life Investments are Made
 
Office: 850-623-6683
office@firstchurchmilton.org
 
Mailing Address
6819 Berryhill Road
Milton, FL 32570
 
Church Address
6830 Berryhill Road
Milton, FL 32570