Dear Butler Family:

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior

I am writing this letter as I reflect upon the daily challenges that so many people are facing in these difficult days, job insecurity, food insecurity, social, political and economic upheaval as a result of the corona pandemic and its resurgence. We are truly living in tough times that I am sure has taken a toll on many of you, our community, our nation and our world.

I am deeply troubled by the adverse circumstances that we daily face as we attempt to overcome these challenging times. Nevertheless, we must continue to walk by faith and not by sight, trusting that God will bring us through. We must continue to discern and implement ways, both great and small in which we can make a difference and an impact in this hurting world. I am so grateful for the contributions that our leaders, lay servants congregants have made to further our work, to enable our witness, to facilitate our ministries and activities, and to enhance our worship experience. I know that there are times that our spirits are depleted, our bodies are drained and our hearts and minds are exhausted by the seemingly overwhelming condition and circumstances that we are facing on a daily basis. But, I want to encourage you to continue to press on towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus our Lord knowing that God will make a way somehow. We are a peculiar people chosen for such a time as this and it is in these unique circumstances that we must in the words of John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Yes, these are difficult times, but these are also exciting times with the emergence of new presidential leadership, with the breaking of social, gender and racial barriers in the highest levels and echelons of the political landscape, with the potential for a vaccine on the horizon to combat the corona virus, with unprecedented participation of American citizens in the voting arena, there is hope and promise that better days are ahead. And, we as a church must never become complacent nor allow fear to paralyze or prohibit us from forging ahead and running the race of faith with courage, commitment, creativity and Christ at the joy and center of our lives as we carry out the mission to which we are called.

And so, my beloved Butler family as we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons with all that it means in terms of appreciation for the gifts of life and the gift of a Savior born in a manger, who offers the promise of eternal life, the journey continues. In the words of the negro spiritual “ Let’s walk together children. Don’t you get weary, there is a great camp meeting in the Promise Land.”

Yours in Christ,
Your Pastor,
Rev. Dr. Allen N. Pinckney Jr.

“Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
Isaiah 60:1-2

108 Years! “Let The Light Of God Shine Among Us”

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

As we celebrate 108 years of mission and ministry, we are continuing to travel a road marked by faith and grace with the hope of Jesus Christ directing our path and guiding our steps. This journey thus far throughout this year has been one filled with challenges, struggles, and accomplishments, all of which are a blessing from God. We have experienced many things this year that have tested our faith. But to God be the glory, we are still on the path in terms of our mission to build the kingdom of God and win souls for Christ, as we continue to see steady growth. I am thankful for all the ministries, its leaders, and our church membership, for being faithful companions on this road of service.

There is a song that best describes the joy of walking with Jesus. It goes, “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His goodwill, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” And so, even with the coronavirus pandemic lurking as a dark cloud over this year’s anniversary, it is my joy in knowing that as your pastor, we have been able to engage in the mission of the church, resolute that in the power of God’s grace in our lives. We continue to live out our calling, trusting, and believing that God will make a way somehow in such a time as this. Let’s walk together children. Don’t you get weary; there’s a great camp meeting in the promised land.

God bless you and Happy Anniversary!!

Yours in Christ,
Reverend Dr. Allen N. Pinckney, Jr.