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Update January 10, 2021 – Click for Video

December 10, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I hope this letter is finding you well this Christmas season. I wanted to send you an update to let you know how I am doing physically – and why it has been so difficult for me to be with you at this time.

First, let me say thank you for the many cards, letters, emails, texts, and phone calls I have received. Halesford is truly a special church, filled with special people.  Your outpourings of love and concern have been a great encouragement to me.

Currently, I am finding it difficult to be at the church because the pulmonary embolisms in my lungs control how much energy I have in any given day.  Some days are good, and I feel like I have the energy to do normal things.  Other days are not so good, and I feel tired after going up and down the stairs in our home.  On the days I feel good, I never know how long it will last.  This has been difficult because nothing like this has ever happened to me before.  I’ve always been pretty athletic, and am used to being at church, or out visiting church members, on a daily basis.

I was told at the hospital that this is all Covid related and that I have to work through it by being on blood thinning medication for three months.  Since that time, we have been able to move to the area, but I have not been able to get established with a new Primary Care doctor – though I have turned in my paperwork.  And the earliest I can get in to see a pulmonologist is January 7th because they are swamped right now as you can imagine. In addition, I am having difficulty sleeping which is making my recovery harder. This has all been very trying and we are in desperate need of your prayers.

While at home, I have been working on a new website for the church that I hope to launch soon. And while I have been able to have some online meetings with the staff and deacons, it’s definitely not the same as being there in-person.

Please know that right now, we want to be at Halesford more than anything. We want to continue the ministry that God called us to and grow in greater love and friendship with our new church family. I know that God has allowed this for a reason, and all we can do is ask for your patience during this recovery time. May God richly bless all of you.


Pastor Polston