Daily Church Announcements:
Due to the elevated level of risk associated with Covid-19, the Covid-19 trending in our community, and because we have confirmed Covid-19 cases (Children’s Center) within our faith community:
1.  We will CONTINUE with virtual worship for this Sunday, January 10th 2021
2. It is HIGHLY LIKELY we will continue to worship virtually Sunday, January 17, 2021. 
3. The Children’s Center will remain closed through Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
 Please know we are evaluating the Covid-19 level of risk daily.  I am doing everything I possibly can to keep us safe and protected while minimizing potential harm stemming from the Covid-19 Virus.  Just know we will adjust as we need to.   

Daily Scripture Readings:
Psalm 110
Proverbs 3:1-12
James 4:11-17

The Daily Dose from your Pastor:

When THAT CALL Comes in…

You know it is going to be a good day when everything seems to go according to plan. You wake up with fewer aches and ailments than usual, the weather is actually seasonal, AND, remarkably, you are running on time for the tasks before you.  When suddenly, THAT CALL comes in, and it goes something like this:  “Hi, this is DHEC.  I am calling to notify you that you have been in contact with someone who is positive for Covid-19.  Because of this, we ask that you self isolate and quarantine for the next 7 days.  And, at the conclusion of the 7 day quarantine period it is only then, you may visit one of our free testing site’s to determine whether or not you are positive or negative for Covid-19”.  Oh, snap!  (Insert a long pause) Wait a minute!  Seriously?  Is this really happening?  Well, YES…it’s really is. 

And.  Just.  Like.  That.  Your good day…went down the drain in 2.5 seconds.  If you have not already been there, done that, received “THAT CALL” and eventually a negative result.  I can almost guarantee you, your turn’s coming.  And…Just.  Like.  That.  Your GOOD DAY can go down the drain.  Or, does it?  I will neither confirm nor will I deny whether or not I have been privy to “THAT CALL”. But, I will tell you, I have walked around the fields out here so many times it looks like I have been having a relay race with the deer!  I do have GOOD NEWS!

We can draw a ton of wisdom and excellent guidance from the epistles, specifically James.  In the opening chapter just after the author’s simple salutation, James says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

So what in the world does that have to do with “THAT CALL”?  Or what is one to do when a day turns sideways with the ringing of the phone?  Here is what you do.  You take it one day at a time.  James 4:13-17, “ Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. ‘As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.  Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”  OUCH…

Church family, we have to take life  one day at the time regardless of whether or not THAT CALL comes in.  The Christian life is meant to be lived moment by moment.  It is not some expansive general outline—it is a long journey with a real person.  Details count:  passing thoughts, small sacrifices (and large sacrifices like 7 days of keeping to yourself to protect your fellow neighbor), a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins.  If you are going to walk with Jesus, the Holy Spirit will whisper, “Pay attention to the present.  Because, if you keep running ahead, you just might find yourself walking right by yourself. “

I don’t know about all of you…but I am thankful we have Jesus our Savior.  I am also thankful we have each other.  I challenge you to join me in taking it ONE DAY AT THE TIME.  And, in the meantime, keep smiling, stay focused, love your neighbor! Jesus will handle the rest!
Grace, Peace and Prayers,
Taylor  Coates (843-309-7307)

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