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 you. While it is still best for us to maintain our distance, it doesn’t lessen the touch of heartache I feel almost daily. I echo the words of the Apostle Paul to the church in Philippi: “God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:8) How true!

I’m excited to tell you today of some ways we can gather as the church.

  • Live Worship this Sunday, July 19, at 11:00am. Log in and join the congregation for an online worship experience of prayer, music, scripture and the Lord’s Supper! As you prepare, pray, bring your Bible near and have your bread and cup near your computer or device. I’m excited to celebrate our unity in Christ by God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Here is the login information:

Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 910 4641 6775

Password: Yates (you will be required to enter the password)


  • Join the summer special study with Anna Moxley and Jess Gaul beginning this Thursday, July 16, at 10:30am. Embark on a journey of self-discovery using the Enneagram. With Scripture study, prayer and reflection, this tool opens windows of insight not only into our own lives, but also our relationships with others and with God. If you cannot be a part of the live learning session on Thursday mornings, do not worry. Each session will be available for you to view and share on the Yates website. Sessions will continue weekly on Thursday mornings until August 9. Here is the login information:

Meeting ID: 936 6556 0502
Password: Yates (you will be required to enter the password)

Bit by bit, we are learning to build on what we can do to be the church together. God has given us a great gift in each other to endure difficult times like these. And I think the blessing of community is a gift that can be shared. If there are others who would be strengthened or encouraged by these opportunities, please be sure to invite them, too.

I will leave you with another word from the Apostle, this time to a faraway church in Rome. It is my prayer for you: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Rom. 15:13) May it be so!

Remember, we are in this together, and together we will see it through.

Grace and Peace,


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