TSMB Convention Family, I greet you in the name of The Christ Child:
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas this Holiday Season. As we rejoice in the glories of Christ’s birth and celebrate all the blessings of the Holy Spirit, let us be thankful for His goodness and mercy, and continue to practice safety for a healthy 2022.  I wish you all peace and prosperity in 2022.

Last year, the Holiday Season was still dominated by the pandemic, of course, but much has changed since then. Some sectors of the economy and with the help provided us by getting vaccinated; we can breathe a sigh of relief, albeit cautiously, but unfortunately we still have a long way to go to return to normality.  The recent rise in Covid-19/Delta variant and Omicron Variant infection numbers are very distressing … and the economy is still far from being back to business as usual.

Once again, 2021, we can only dream of the traditional kind of Christmas that we’re all used to. It’s all so familiar, and yet it feels different this year as thoughts of a stressful pandemic year, fraught with uncertainties, continue to accompany us.

In spite of…I would like to thank the TSMBC staff and Auxiliary leaders, for their support, dedication and continued work in these challenging times.  Although we have not met as a convention in over a year, some of you have continued to make contact with your auxiliaries and provide programs despite the pandemic. Thank you, and thank God for providing a means for us to continue to communicate…Virtual/Zoom.

Let us keep in mind, as we are enjoying our families this Christmas that some of our TSMBC family members and/or their family members have laid love ones to rest this year and we want to continue to keep them in our prayers.  Therefore, let’s pray for those without their love ones, as well as the less fortunate. Once again, I pray God’s choicest blessings upon each of you.

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him, that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Dr. Bruce D. Datcher
Convention President