For God, it seems, it is all about people. At least that is the focus of scripture.
At the core of every vision and proposal for our future together as a church is a fundamental commitment to the relationships we share with one another and our connections "in God." I am delighted that we have teams of folks who visit in the hospital, join us in prayer and reach out to others. We are blessed to have a commitment to visitation and care through Jim Ostrander's good work and our clergy commitment to pastoral care. I am grateful for the increasingly caring nature of our faith community. We can and should develop programs to carry our mission to even greater effectiveness, but the shared relationships we foster and invite are at the heart of our faith tradition.
We are about to enter the Advent season where we focus on "Emmanu-el," God with us. It is the great statement of the church. It is most abundantly reflected in the way we are with one another. I am blessed to share this way of being together with you!
I am thankful for the stewardship team, for the finance team, for the work of our committees and Governing Board to shepherd us through this time of Leaping Forward. Now I look forward to our Commitment Sunday this Sunday, November 20. Please consider your financial intentions for the support of God's work through our church, and bring your commitment cards to worship or send them/drop them off at the church. I am in deep gratitude.
I will be on hiatus from writing this blog until the new year. I will pick it up again immediately following our "Adjourned Church Conference" on Monday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. Thanks for following these epistles!