A Congregational Christmas Letter
To Forks Road East and Morgan’s Point United Churches
December 24, 2021
Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! I rejoice as we are able to gather, finally, as faith communities to worship God, and celebrate our relationships with each other. We are, indeed, the hands, feet, and voice of Christ in our Wainfleet, Welland, Dunnville, and Port Colborne communities. It is an immense joy to serve God with all of you each and every day.
These past two and a half years have been a time of mixed blessings. When this pandemic began, I know it was difficult, in so many ways, to confine ourselves to our homes and to only immediate relationships for almost eleven months. Then, finally, we were able to experience some freedom. Now again, however, we are seeing COVID-19 numbers soar, and we are, once again, experiencing lock-downs. Health restrictions have restricted us from seeing many of our family members and friends whom we love so dearly. Yet, this is the only way we can remain safe, and in good health, until things settle down. We now, at least, have a vaccine, which I am so grateful for.
As difficult as this time has been, we have all learned to be creative in our abilities to reach out to others while still respecting our health guidelines. I know many of us stay connected with our faith family through telephone conversations, emails, text messages and letters. When restrictions were lessened, we were able to see our families, neighbours, and friends over the summer which was a wonderful gift.
Our ministry at Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East United Churches has continued on. We are now gathering weekly for worship, and YouTube sermons are posted on line. Zoom Board Meetings and in-person Board Meetings are being held regularly. Community outreach has also continued unwaveringly. I believe we will emerge from this pandemic a wiser, more deeply loving, and richly stronger faith community.
Jesus comes to us, once again, tonight, as a babe in a manger, and we will be filled with the song of angels, the gentle amazement of shepherds, and the humbleness of the Maggi. On this Holy Night, may our hearts be filled with the comfort, hope, peace, joy, and love of our most Holy God.
May each of you have a blessed Christmas. Thank you all for your beautiful cards, well wishes, and gifts to Ted and I. Please keep well and safe. Merry Christmas!
God’s Blessings, Pastor Laura