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To The Saints at Sneads Ferry
Let me begin this brief newsletter note with a word about the hospitality you
have extended to me as I came to try and fill the large sized shoes of Bill
Young while he is away on sabbatical. So many of you have gone out of your
way to make me feel at home so much so that I have been reminded again of
how special the fellowship of the saints is and I have been the less for not
being tied to “a” church as a “rent a Rev.” So thanks.
There is a larger scenario at work here though. My presence here is in part
due to the long, trusted and treasured relationship Bill Young and I have
experienced over the last thirty-six years. It is also because Bill and I have
been talking a bit about the future of the Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church.
Where will you be in five years and ten and beyond?
The Session has been reading and pondering a little book titled, “The Sailboat
Church” by Joan S. Gray who is a Presbyterian pastor living in Atlanta, Ga.
In this book she focuses on helping churches think about their future and
especially how to sail into the future God has in store for a particular church.
So, though my formal time with you here will end in August, I will be working
with Bill and the Session to help discern where God is leading SFPC. We do
not know the details of that future yet. What we do know is that as Jesus told
his disciples in John 15:5 “apart from me you can do nothing.” So stay