Pastor Floyd Costello
Greetings in Christ!
I wanted to take a few moments to send you this letter to let you know that we miss you greatly during this challenging global pandemic. If you have not heard, Phyllis Ann and I are quarantined at this time--we will be freed on Jan 31st . I pray that this time flies! There are many in our church family and LaGrange community that have the same problem. Let’s keep the prayers coming for ALL who are affected by this pandemic.
Knowing that COVID-19/state mandates/federal mandates will affect our lives long term the administrative council made a few Spirit-guided decisions at the Jan. 21st meeting. We are all muddling through the rules and regulations, the ‘should we?’ or ‘shouldn’t we?’ questions, and the ever-changing infection numbers so please bear in mind that the board members are just doing the best that we can.
We opened the church to the AA group that meets here every Monday. Currently, the group is meeting at the town hall but they desire to return ‘home’ to our church when they are able. They do an excellent ministry and they also clean up after themselves as well. Their members will come as they feel comfortable, wearing their masks, and being socially distanced.
Secondly, we have given permission for Silver Sneakers to again offer their weekly exercise classes. They also do an excellent ministry and clean up after themselves, too. Their members will come as they feel comfortable, wearing their masks, and being socially distanced.
Lastly, we have opened the FLC for in-person worship. After much discussion, it was concluded that we should do whatever we are comfortable doing. Many choose not to go to Wal-Mart, restaurants, and other places with crowds of people. Then there are some who feel comfortable doing those very things. While some have gathered back in the Family Life Center for church services, we know that some folks are not quite ready to return yet. Please rest assured, we understand! We want what you want. If you choose to return to worship in person, we do ask that you follow the state’s mask mandate and sit distanced from others who are not in your personal bubble.
While we may not have been able to meet every need, we have tried to share our services online so that you can easily watch or listen. In the long run, we believe this will be a benefit as we have also worked hard to make sure the broadcast will continue even after we get back to “normal.”
We live in challenging times right now, as I'm sure you are fully aware. Political, social, racial, and even religious unrest seem to be deeper than ever. This pandemic has stretched the limits of families, schools, businesses, and of course, churches. Our children and grandchildren are being educated in a way we had undoubtedly not envisioned as ideal, but they have adapted in unique ways.
I also want to commend those who are still giving regularly give to the church just as you would if you were here weekly. As you know, the church's needs continue as well, and it has been wonderful to see the faithful giving of members and adherents. Please know that YOU are valued! YOU are appreciated!
I believe the most significant thing we can all do during this time, especially as the family of God, is to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ! He is our source, and ultimately, we will triumph through Him! Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV) looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
There is a beautiful chorus from years ago that I'm reminded of, and the lyrics go like this:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of His glory and grace!”
If there is anything we can do to help, don't hesitate to reach out as soon as possible. If you want to chat or need some special prayer time, come to the church anytime between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm during the week Staci or I will be there. Even if you need another time, just let me know and I will be there with you. We love you and can't wait to see ALL of our family back in church again!
Pastor Floyd can always be reached on his cell phone (please leave a message if he doesn't answer!) or via email.
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Join us every Sunday for worship in our Family Life Center! Located just west of the square in beautiful downtown Lagrange, Ohio.
Services begin at 10 a.m.
Bible Studies are on hiatus during the summer but during the year meet from 9-9:45am on Sunday. There is a K-4th grade, a 5th-7th grade, and an Adult Class.
Our newly renovated and updated nursery is also available both during Sunday school and for littles who need a break from the services.