Happy New Year!

Well, we did make it to the end of the year! It has been an unpredictable year. I doubt 2020 has turned out the way we imagined it would unfold, on last New Year’s Eve. But then that is al-ways the case, at least to some extent. But 2020 was an extraordinarily unpredictable year, with more surprises, disappointments, and uncertainty than normal years. While change and disruptions are normal; this was unprecedented. We are living in what they call a once-in-a-lifetime event. As we close the book on 2020, perhaps we are turning a corner.

2021 offers hope that we will finally begin to slow the pandemic; hope that we will begin to re-turn to a new normal; hope that we will soon be able to enjoy activities that we once took for grant-ed. Family gatherings and church activities will once again be cherished events. I suspect that many of us will appreciate them more and value them more. Until that day arrives, we will continue to do the things that are necessary to keep each other safe. May God grant us courage and determination as we face the challenges and opportunities of 2021.

Bill Pyle