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Hey FTCC family and friends!


You ever had a computer start acting up on you? It freezes or there's a lag, and everything is running super slow! You get so frustrated with it, you jab the power button or hit Control-Alt-Delete to restart it.

That's where I feel like I am - I need a do-over, I need a reboot! When the pandemic began I was convinced I had everything under control. Loaded up on toilet paper. Lol Went food shopping at 6:30 in the morning to make sure I scored Clorox wipes and Lysol spray. Set the kids up with daily schedules to cover their homeschooling. I really just tried to tackle as much as I could the very best way I could and be the rockstar my family needed. Before I knew it slowly but surely I started to feel fatigued and overwhelmed, believing I could shake it off in a day or two I didn't give it much thought…. Boy was I wrong! The feelings started to grow days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months. The next thing I knew, I had to confess I don't have anything under control… And this is why we thank God for grace.

Jeremiah 31:25-26 KJV For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. Upon this, I awaked, and beheld, and my sleep was sweet unto me. What I realized in the midst of this is that my connection with God was only reliant on Sunday service. I’ve come so far in my walk with God it almost feels disappointing to start rolling backward. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one feeling this way, that's why I decided to share my story. There's a song on Tori Kelly’s - Hiding Place album called Sunday that has always had a special place in my heart. The song just really moves me and more and more lately I’ve been clinging on to the lyrics of this song. Particularly the line “Every single day I’m running towards Your grace.” As we try to make sense of this uncertain season we are all in, we must continue to run towards his grace and not to our own knowledge. He will give us rest and restoration. Galatians 6:9 KJV And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

For those feeling like they need to reboot their prayer life, I invite you to join me in a Virtual Book Club! “When Women Pray 10 Women of the Bible Who Changed the World through Prayer” By Bishop T.D. Jakes My hope is this book through God will help to revitalize some aspects of our lives where we may feel a bit stuck and I’d love for you to join me as we grow as one. My prayer is to build a community of women who can talk through these challenges and help lift each other up. Our first session will take place over Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 18th at 7pm. Call-in details will be shared as we get closer to the date. I look forward to seeing you there! 

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FAITH TEMPLE COMMUNITY
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST

765 Harper Street

Elmira, NY 14901

Phone: 607-734-7827

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