Dear Snyder's Church Family and Friends,
It is good to write to you once again after missing last week.
What started out as one of those late summer head colds turned into Bronchitis for me.....never had it before and by God's grace never again. Cough, wheezing, two trips to the doctor but with no fever and lungs clear, no signs of COVID-19....just some medication and rest and more rest! I am a whole lot better today for which I am most grateful.
Linda has been a 100+ nurse with more patience than this patient!
I am grateful to Jeff for "stepping in" and doing an excellent job preaching and leading our Worship for two weeks.
I am looking forward to this coming Sunday and the reading of a great parable from Matthew 20: 1 - 16 and we discover what God's payment plan is!
The story is told of a man who dies and goes to heaven.
Of course St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter says, "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get it." The man says "I was married to the same woman for over 50 years and never cheated on her." "That's wonderful, that's worth three points" says St. Peter. The man continues,
"Well I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithes and service." "Terrific that's certainly worth a point" says St. Peter.
"Well I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless victims." "Fantastic that's good for two more points" says St. Peter. The man cries out: "At this rate the only way to get into heaven is by the grace of God." St. Peter smiled. "There's your 100 points! Come on in!" The rich young ruler comes to Jesus and wants to know what is required to be saved. We shall look carefully at that question this Sunday morning and I am hopeful that we can greet each of you in person.
We continue all of the CDC guidelines, the State requirements and the mandates from the denomination.
We provide sanitized sanctuary, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, take your temperature, encourage families to sit together, provide social distancing in the Sanctuary and have made two classrooms and the social hall available for our church family, providing our service with
TV screens. We are also on a live feed, our service is recorded and made available by noon along with the special music, children's moment, and the adult Sunday School international lesson.
You will always find a warm and loving welcome at Snyder's Church. Now that school is in full operation and things are going very well, it is time for all of us to return to our church setting. I don't know when we will be able to publicly sing but it is not at the moment due to possible contamination, etc.
But we do promise you that the Word of the Lord is proclaimed, that God is present with us and you should be there.
Know that Linda and I love you early and that God has a special plan for each of you.
Please also accept our deepest appreciation for your prayers and cards at the time of the death of my brother on September 2nd; how I grieve for his soul and miss not being able to communicate with him......a long story but he was a special child that God loved and is missed.
Let's see you in church this week!
By God's grace we'll all receive the One Hundred Points at the time of our passing as well.
The points begin and continue as we work and labor together for Christ and His Church.
Pastor Bill
September 16, 2020