Dear Friends,

Someone told me not long ago that difficult circumstances don't make us or break us, they reveal us, they reveal who we are. I think this is true. While I don't like these circumstances, or what we're required to do to get past them, I have to say that I do like what is being revealed about us during these days.

Now, not the people fighting over toilet paper at Costco, but so many people in so many ways, are exhibiting their true inner selves in decent, honest, compassionate, dare I say, heroic, ways. Here is just one example of many I could cite. It is an email that one of our members sent to us yesterday:

"Please if you know of anyone in the congregation who needs help with food/meals let me know. I will help in whatever way I can. I can cook a meal or provide groceries.

Just don't want anyone to go without!!"

Numerous people in the congregation have expressed the same sentiment.

One of the main things the church feels called to do during this time is to constantly remind us all that we are not alone. We are connected - to each other and to God. I heard someone say that during these times we should not cocoon but connect! It's harder with no face-to-face, no hugs, no handshakes, the key phrase these days is social distancing.

While we need to distance ourselves physically, we need to close the distance between us emotionally and spiritually. We need to stay connected with grace and hope. So be on the lookout for a flow of emails and Facebook posts, brief inspirational videos, and perhaps other things that we haven't come up with yet.

This Sunday at 10 AM, you can watch a worship service from Southport United Methodist Church on Facebook Live. Just go to our Facebook page at or link to it from our website,, or use the link right here, We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

We need to connect with each other by phone and social media. We need to check on each other more than usual. And we must help each whenever we know of a need. Please let us know if you are in need of anything, and we will do what we can to help.

Like it said in that email, "Just don't want anyone to go without!!" We especially don't want anyone to go without grace and hope.

Grace and Hope to you,

Pastor Duane