January 5, 2021
A week from today, the Maryland General Assembly will begin its 2021 session. This will be our twelfth session ministering to the capitol community in Annapolis. There are still restrictions in the government buildings, so we’ve been forced to come up with a different plan this year. No outside group can be in the capitol complex of buildings, so our weekly Bible studies will be done on Zoom and the notes will continue to be distributed by email and posted to our website.
It will be strange not to see our friends face-to-face through the session, but we know this is ordained by the Lord for his good purpose. We’re just grateful that there is technology available to keep in contact with these folks and still be able to get the Word to them. Notes and texts have been coming in, so we know our core group of attendees are looking forward to participating, even though it will be virtually.
The last couple of months of 2020 were busy with preparations for the upcoming session. Also, there were opportunities to speak in area churches. On November 15, I was asked to fill the pulpit at Hagerstown Bible Church in their morning service. Tracy and I were glad that two delegates accepted our invitation to attend that day (Delegates Mike McKay and Brenda Thiam.) We went to lunch with Del. Thiam, who is newly appointed and whom we were meeting for the first time. She’s a remarkable lady and her appointment was very historic – she is the first black female Republican to ever serve in the Maryland General Assembly.
For the next six weeks I had the chance to teach an adult Sunday School class in one of our supporting churches. We’re grateful for every opportunity to open the Word of God and teach.
Please pray for our upcoming session that the Zoom meetings will go well and hearts will be encouraged as we continue our study through the book of John. We also hope to keep our regular contacts going by phone, email, and text throughout the session. They will be busy days, but we’re looking forward to them. Thanks you for your part in this needed ministry!