Dear Friends of LOPC,

What a year this has been! It has been said that “Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans,” and 2020 will be remembered as a year that proved the point. Looking back to the start of the year, who of us could have imagined the dramatic, sudden change thrust upon us due to the pandemic, followed by the protests over the killing of George Floyd and the eruption of wildfires in our parched state. It has all seemed, at times, as overwhelming as one of the storms recently battering the Gulf Coast.

In the face of these storms, though, we take comfort and solace that we are not alone, and God has promised not to remove the storms in life but to make us stronger so that we might bear them with courage and hope. Armed with that certainty, your church staff and leadership turned on a dime when everything shut down in order to deliver our ministry in dramatic new ways and rise to the needs in our community. We are reaching, loving, serving, encouraging, and supporting more people than ever, and as this storm continues, we do even more!

I want you to know that the fuel which drives all our work is the gift of time, talent, and treasure that you offer in faith to keep us moving forward in service. Thank you for the gifts you have contributed, in whatever ways you have chosen, to the up-building of our ministry and mission. I commend this brochure to you as a tool to familiarize yourself more fully with our work, prayerfully consider your pledge for this coming year, and remember your church family in prayer. On November 1, Giving Sunday, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., your pastors and members of the Stewardship Team will be in the LOPC parking lot receiving pledge commitments if you would like to drive over and drop off your card. You may also mail it in to the church or give online at

Thank you, again, for the gift that you are to our community, and remember that together, with God’s help, we are stronger than the storms!

Peter Whitelock

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