Message from the Pastor


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The prophet Jeremiah tells us: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Yes, only God truly knows what the future holds. 


A year ago as we were preparing to move to Canton, I could only guess what was in store for Bob and me. I wanted Harry Potter and his band of wizard friends to magically transfer us and our possessions from Aiken to Canton and unpack. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen, but, members of the church were here to greet us with open arms. During the first days, you helped us clean, line shelves, unpack boxes, and most importantly, provided meals, and you have continued to offer your love and support.


When I first started teaching, I thought that I learned more from teaching my first class than I had learned in all of my classes I took in graduate school. I see some similarities with preaching. This year has been a year of learning and growing for me, and I appreciate your patience as I have gone through my first liturgical year at Church of the Covenant. Together we have waited through Advent for the birth of our Lord and Savior. We have celebrated Epiphany and moved through Lent in anticipation of Christ’s death and the Easter joy of resurrection. And, we are now making our way through the season of Pentecost. 


My Seminary professors recommend that new pastors not make any changes during our first year at a church. I wanted to follow their suggestion, but I know that I haven’t done everything exactly like my predecessors. I have altered the format for some of our services—after all, we are part of the Reformed Tradition, reformed and always reforming.  Additionally, Session has led us in our drive to purchase new hymnals and Bibles for the Sanctuary, and we hope in the near future, to call a new music director. 


I appreciate the encouragement and advice you have given me throughout the year. Please continue to share with me any ideas you have as we continue to grow together in our faith.


In gratitude, Barb