Pastoral Note July 14

Dear Yates Family – My prayers for you precede my letter this week. Y’all are on my heart and mind just about all the time! As I’ve told you before, one of the great difficulties of this experience for me is coping with my longing to gather with...

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Pastoral Note June 30, 2020

Dear Yates Family,   I write to you today, on the last day of June 2020, and marvel that we are halfway through this very strange year together. I continue to pray for you, and hope that you are finding ways to grow and flourish in spite of...

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Resumption Roundtable Q&A

The following are representative questions from the congregation and the reflections of the members of the Resumption Roundtable workgroup as the group has discussed COVID-19 and the ongoing response of Yates Baptist Church. Why are we being so...

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An Invitation to Dialogue

And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  (Micah 6:8) Recent events surrounding the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have once again caused our...

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Pastoral Note – May 26

Dear Yates Family,   I hope that you were doing well this week, and are being refreshed by the rain and sunshine that has come to us here of late. I also hope that your Memorial Day weekend was a time of connection with those that matter and...

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Pastoral Note – May 19

Dear Yates Family,   These weeks at the end of May are significant in so many ways, aren’t they? At this time, we celebrate the accomplishments of our high school and college graduates. As they take their next steps, I grieve for them that...

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Pastoral Note – May 5

Dear Yates Family – I miss you and am praying for you often! Today, for the fifty-second straight day, I had to say three little words I hate to say. Knowing how much I like to talk, you might be surprised that there are times I don’t like to...

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Pastoral Note – April 28

Dear Yates Family, “How Long, O Lord?” It is a powerful question. We read it in the Psalms, the Prophets and even the Book of Revelation. It’s a question that comes when our patience with the way things are has reached its limit. Behind the...

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