January 12, 2024
A friend’s preparation includes putting a large clean empty mason jar in the center of her kitchen table each New Year’s Day. She adds carefully-cut slips of blank paper and a newly-purchased marker to a tray next to it. Whenever a member of the family feels grateful over the next 365 days – for something as small as a bee or as big as good health – they write it on a strip of paper and put it in the jar. New Year’s Eve is spent reading every slip of paper. My friend’s preparations of washing the mason jar, cutting paper, buying a pen, could seem insignificant, but pave the way for a year full of gratitude, blessing, and sharing with family.
Beloved, the year ahead promises to hold much for us – grief and gladness; fear and hope; love and good work. Among the many ways your pastors and staff have been preparing is by doing the church equivalent of cutting paper and cleaning mason jars – small acts that we hope will pave the way for connection, love, and meaningful ministry.
We need your help. Over the coming two weeks, can you please:
- Look yourself up in the Directory, and make sure your information is current and correct – and includes a PHOTO. You can use THIS LINK (CLICK HERE) to get instructions and connect. OR send updates to Aidan at [email protected] with “Directory” in the email heading. OR
- Visit our Directory Station during Reception after Worship in January. We’ll have a table with a computer, helper, and camera ready to help with updates.
- Share news and prayers in our weekly e-Newsletter – due each Wednesday at 9am. Please help us connect to one another and our ministries by sending prayers you would like to include to Pastor Megan ([email protected]) and news to Aidan ([email protected]) by Weds morning.
“There is a season for all activities under heaven.” We are grateful to share them all – big and small – with you.
With Blessings and Peace,
- From Our PastorsPastor Megan
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- From Our PastorsPastor Amy
January 12, 2024 The New Year often brings reflection about time. We say goodbye to the past year – sometimes gladly, sometimes with sadness. We welcome a new year, sometimes with hope, sometimes with trepidation. It can be a time for, if not resolutions, reflection, intention-setting, and preparation for the year ahead. Learn More
- From Our PastorsPastor Megan
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- From Our Pastors – November 24Pastor Megan
November 25, 2023 I love the image of God seeding light and joy into the hearts of Her people that this Psalm offers us; it seems to me to be a kind of extension of the metaphor in last Sunday’s scripture describing God as the grape-growing farmer. Learn More
- From Our Pastors: November 10, 2023Pastor Megan
November 10, 2023 One of our beloved saints, Janet Holly, who died just over a year ago, is continuing to take care of this church, even after she has gone to be with God. Learn More