A Message For This Week

October 5 – Lean on Me | Jim Everette –

had just pronounced the benediction on a friend’s life and was exiting Oleander Memorial Gardens earlier today when I turned on my radio and heard a familiar voice. He spoke a word of good news and hope to my spirit that I really needed to hear, the family I had just left needs to hear, and you may need it as well. The voice was that of Bill Withers crooning the familiar tune from his 1974 hit single. Lean on Me. I don’t think I have heard it since John Kimbrough sung it in our sanctuary as part of the presentation of the Gospel back in April. It is not in our hymnal, but it is a word of encouragement we all need to hear. The song made Bill Withers famous and the words seem all to appropriate for us as we continue journeying together through the valley of COVID-19.

Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But, if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow.
Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.
For, it won’t be long ‘til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.
You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand. We all need somebody to lean on.

Yes, we do, Bill. Every one of us needs a solid leaning post occasionally, and it is good to know we have plenty of them in our church family. Brothers and sisters of faith that we can depend on to provide us strength, comfort, encouragement, grace, a phone call, a meal… you fill in the blank. We have traversed many miles together that have included daybreaks of joy and mountain peaks of hope, as well as nights of despair and dark valleys of death. We have made new friends along the way and held hands with friends as we, and they, have celebrated the birth of babies and grieved the departure of loved ones. We may not always agree on everything but we are committed to the main thing, and that is that we are children of God, brothers and sisters with Christ and each other, and we are here for each other to lean on. COVID-19 restricts many of us from visiting in person like we would prefer, but if there is somebody you think might welcome a call from you right now, make the call. Let them hear your voice of encouragement. You may be the leaning post they need today. –Click HERE for PDF of Message–

August 25 Congregational Conversation | Jayne Davis –

What a fantastic gathering we had this past Sunday for our second Congregational Conversation! Over 180 of you connected on Zoom to hear about where we are as a church and to voice your thoughts about what is needed as we look to the future as we prepare to call our next pastor.

August 18 – A Great Night | Jim Everette —

After having to delay our Tailgate Worship Gathering for a week, God provided a beautiful evening for us to gather outdoors at the Activity Center for a wonderful time of connecting, celebrating and worshipping. One of our Sunday School classes arrived an hour early and had dinner together in a circle while seeing each other face-to-face. Great idea for other classes to consider for upcoming gatherings. Our Leadership Council came together in a circle on the grass for a meeting before the worship service. –READ MORE–

August 11 – Unsettling but Hopeful | Jim Everette —

August is the month that brings us hot days, humid nights, severe thunderstorms, and the potential for hurricanes. We experienced all of these and an extra little shake from a nearby earthquake last week. Our congregation has been shaken by the tragic death of two of our members that were from two vastly different worlds, but they stood side-by-side as friends and brothers in Christ. –READ MORE–

August 4 – Looking Forward to Sunday Night| Jim Everette —

The Apostle Paul wrote “Greet one another with a holy kiss,” on numerous occasions. It may have been a cultural practice of the first century, or maybe something that took place only among the Christian community, but it is not encouraged in a time of global pandemic,… –READ MORE–    

July 20 – Thank you! | Jim Everette —

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for the many ways you have expressed your appreciation to me and my family for the ministry we have been blessed to share together over the past 30 years. Your kindness is overwhelming and humbling. I promise each of you, it has been our great privilege to be a part of this wonderful church. –READ MORE–

June 2 – We Stood, We Stand, I Hope We Always Will | Jim Everette —

I along with other members of our church stood in the rain with people of all ages, races, faiths and I’m assuming socio-economic status, at the 1898 Memorial Park last Saturday afternoon. We stood together in solidarity to affirm that all lives matter to the Creator of all life and we love our neighbors, no matter the similarities or the differences. –READ MORE–

May 26 – There Is Room For Celebration | Jim Everette —

Like many of you, I try to begin each morning reading God’s word and praying as I offer my day to what God may desire to do in me and through me. This being the week of we remember the ascension of Jesus into heaven, I am focusing on Acts 1:1-14. The first thought that came to mind was how frustrated we can become when we have unanswered questions.

May 5 – It’s A Great Day! | Jim Everette —

I woke up to the happy sounds of birds chirping and wind chimes making melodious music as a cool morning breeze welcomed the rising sun, and I decided this is going to be a great day. I choose to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation which includes the plants, flowers, nature and all the people with whom God surrounds me. –READ MORE–

April 28 – Message from Jim Everette

Few people like to hear themselves talk and even fewer like the way they look. Watching and hearing myself preach for the last two Sundays has been an odd and uncomfortable experience. –READ MORE–