Everyone: As God told Joshua, “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

We are all over the place right now with emotion from the massacre in Thousand Oaks that took aim at our precious college students to the concerns of the fires that now threaten all of our communities.

Be strong and courageous, and do not be afraid. God is with us.

As I’m sure you know, the women’s ministry gathering tonight will not take place as scheduled. Instead, we are prepared to care for Pepperdine students and one another throughout the area. Many of us are here on campus walking/sitting alongside students, while others are in various places in the area avoiding the fires and awaiting news.

Stay in touch with each other, and stay prepared to be God’s hands and feet and hugs and muscles in the days to come.

As of now, we expect to gather at 9am on Sunday morning in Payson Library for an open dialogue to process our emotions from this week and then worship at 10:15am in Elkins and 5pm in Stauffer and share together as a church family.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon.