Letter from the Pastor

Greetings to all, 

First, I would like to remind everyone, God is the Sovereign One. I know many are feeling fearful and overwhelmed by recent events, but remember that we are first called to love God and neighbor. I encourage all of us to be agents of peace amid the chaos. I hope we would be neighborly and share with others who may need something, even our toilet paper. I pray we will be Christ’s Body on earth, a visible expression of love, grace and concern for all people. 

In the meantime, follow basic hygiene, wash your hands and turn to God in prayer and Scripture reading. Perhaps, this may be an opportunity to reallocate time or to reprioritize what’s important in life. 

First Presbyterian Church, Orangeburg will follow the guidelines that have been set forth and will temporarily suspend gathering corporately at the church. The Session decided last night to offer worship services on-line for the next two weeks. 

The services will be recorded on video and will be posted on the church’s Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. this Sunday, March the 22nd, and the following Sunday, March the 29th. Please continue to respond to God’s grace in your life by being our Lord’s hands and feet, and by continuing to support the church. Tithes and offerings can be mailed to the church or you can drop them by, as the office will remain open. We also offer automatic giving, so during this time if you would like more information on how to do this, please contact the church office. 

There will be no choir rehearsals or dinners and we will reschedule our congregational meeting and confirmation classes for a date to be determined. Obviously, if you have questions or need assistance during these next weeks please contact us

For those who are most at risk, the deacons are offering to help with grocery shopping so you can remain at home. If you would like to access this ministry, having groceries or other essentials delivered to your home, please contact Erin Axson (860-0807) to coordinate items needed and delivery time. 

Be reminded today of the One who stands outside the grave amid our deepest fears and says to us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14: 27 

Shalom, 

Pastor Darren