Update from July 12th – Pastor Dot’s Recent Response to the Posting of the Bishop’s Letter in the Announcements last week.
First, I just want to let you all know that Bill and I are settling in here in Maryland but miss you all greatly. I am excited to hear about the new Zoom worship and just want to encourage all of you to continue to support ILC financially as you go through this “inbetween” time before you can gather once again in the beautiful Sanctuary.
Secondly, I want to correct something that I may have inadvertently caused by asking Ruth to pass on the Bishop’s Letter that was printed in last week’s announcements. By passing this letter on to you, I was not implying that you had to agree with everything in the letter. Please forgive me if it seemed that way. I was merely passing on the information from our Synod. The letter was Bishop Mark’s opinions and the direction that our wider church leans towards but that is all. I have my opinions on these matters and those opinions may not necessarily agree. (For instance, I have been known to not wear a mask when I am around family and feel it is safe to do so.) I am sure that you all have your opinions on these matters, too, and they are not necessarily right or wrong. These are opinions and that is all.
I do agree with one thing, though. These differing opinions should not get politicized nor so hotly divisive. I recently saw a Facebook note from John Swanson that I like. It said something to the effect that: ‘it is ok to have different opinions and discuss (not fight) about them. We are all adults here.’ Yes, it is ok to disagree and still respect one another.
Lastly, Bill and I continue to give thanks to the Lord for all of you for your generosity and loving care. We pray that the Lord will bless each of you and ILC as you journey forward.
Pastor Dot +
New Address & Email: 601 Village Grove Dr., Unit 301, Frederick, MD 21703. My e-mail remain the same, please use: firstname.lastname@example.org.