6103 W NC 10 Hwy
Hickory NC 28602
Pastor: Reverend Adrienne Martin
Bless your hearts, and mine, too! A friend of mine insists that southern cliché is more mannerly code for “You’re pitiful!” Jeff Foxworthy used this example: “I do believe that is the ugliest baby I have ever seen…bless his heart.” In all seriousness, we might not be pitiful, but most of us have had our share of valid pity parties of late. This whole virus and what it’s precipitated on almost every level around the globe simply stinks. This virus is pitiful…and I won’t even honor it with a “bless its heart!”
Most states now, including NC as of this Friday evening (5/8), are in some phased and restricted re-opening plan. It remains to be seen if that was a wise decision, though clearly, we all understand that it’s been a “choose your poison” scenario. Make everyone stay at home and kill the economy, resulting in all sorts of suffering, or let folks loose and kill a lot of people, causing lots of suffering. For now, there’s plenty of news and plenty of posturing as to which poison is more preferable, but I’ll leave that to the politicians and the pundits. For now, I want to focus on what it might look like to begin re-gathering in person as congregations in NC. If it begins to happen in a month, we need to be planning now.
For the sake of space, including my own tendency to be too wordy, I’ll continue in bullet points as to what we can and do know in that regard at this point.
There is still way more that we don’t know than we do know. Frustrating, to say the least. At least to have to admit it.
Anyway, be looking for more info from our new synod task force in a couple of weeks, but I write this today because if we start gathering in June, your congregation needs to be pondering and planning for these new realities now. The one thing it must not be is “just like it was when we were last together.” Nostalgia and sentimentality, at this point, could be deadly. Even so, I know God’s got this. God’s got you. We’re in this together, but we have serious work to do. Bless our hearts.
Walking with you,
Bishop Tim Smith
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