dannyDear Friends at FPC,

As a pastor I am often with parishioners at the best and worst seasons of their lives – days of happiness and celebration like births, baptisms, and weddings and days of sorrow like loss, illness, and death.

I usually have been on the dispensing end of sympathy, love and support. Yet over the past year since I came into your company I/we have been on the receiving end of your amazing support, love, and sympathy as we have experienced two sudden and unexpected deaths in our own family, the loss of our son David last February and our son-in-law Carr Hagan in recent days.

I wish we could thank each of your personally for the many gestures and expressions of sympathy and support which time does not allow. But do know how moved and grateful we are for your love felt or expressed in some way.

At times such as these, which inevitably come to nearly all people over the course of a lifetime, it is truly a blessing to see and experience what we believe in our minds and trust in our hearts that, at its best, the church of Jesus Christ is more like a family than anything else. We laugh with those who laugh and weep with those who weep and in the process our joys are enhanced, and our sorrows diminished.

Thanks for letting our family be a part of your family here in Greensboro. May the Lord continue to bless and use us as we minister to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

-Rev. Danny Massie, interim pastor