Pastor’s Note July 29

Dear Friends,

As most of you know, Jennifer and I moved into the Parsonage on July 16. We know that significant renovations were made leading up to the move, particularly in the kitchen, bathrooms, floors, and painting, and many members of the church worked very hard to make this a lovely home for us to move into. We are so thankful for all of you who took time in your lives to help with this project, and also for those of you who may not have been able to help physically but offered your love and support through prayer.

As you can see, the picture is of the backyard and is one of our favorite features of the parsonage. These days I find myself in front of my computer in virtual meetings for several hours a day. So, I look forward to the opportunity to sit outside for a spell and enjoy the humming birds, butterflies, and roses.

There are many other aspects of the parsonage we appreciate and wanted to name some of them:

  • Well cared for front and back yard
  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Beautiful wooden floors – that creak a little (which we love!)
  • Light fixtures with lights that actually work
  • Ceiling fans you know won’t fly off the ceiling while spinning
  • “Barn-wood” style kitchen floor
  • New appliances
  • Microwave over the stove (allows for more counter space)
  • Deep sinks with good functional water fixtures
  • Plenty of cupboard and closet space
  • Renovated bathrooms

We are slowly unpacking and moving toward making the Parsonage our home. Thank you again to all of you who made this possible.

On a more somber note, brothers and sisters, I am troubled, if not disturbed, by the alarming increases of coronavirus cases we see in our state and several other states in the country. The last I read, infections were somewhere around 4.3 million with roughly 150,000 deaths nationwide. I am baffled by a nation that has chosen to go to war over whether or not to wear facemasks during this pandemic.

We will continue to look to our State and Local Officials, as well as our Episcopal and Conference Leaders, for guidance as to when it is wise to reopen our doors and safely meet together. As of today, I do not see this happening anytime soon. As we look ahead, please know your pastors and leadership of the church are meeting virtually to plan mission and ministry at SJ First, the San Jose community and beyond.

Let us continue to pray for one another, encourage one another, and love one another, knowing God is faithful and walks with us, offering comfort, support, guidance, and strength as we follow Jesus.

Grace and Peace,
Jeffrey

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