Dear Church Community,
I hope you’ll join me this Sunday, Jan 31, for the Annual Meeting of our Congregation. This is an important event in the life of any UCC church; in our denomination every voice has a vote, and we need yours!
You should receive a copy of the Annual Report via email today or tomorrow, and I ask that you review it before Sunday. In addition, a few weeks ago you were emailed a copy of the Cabinet’s proposal for an Updated Leadership Pilot, after which we held a Coffee Hour Conversation. If you haven’t yet done so, please take a look at the proposal in advance of the Annual Meeting. Since the church leadership already presented it for discussion, we hope to keep additional conversation to a minimum. In fact, our goal is to let everyone get on with their day by 1:30 pm!
I want you to know I’m very excited about the Leadership Pilot. It gives us an opportunity to try out a leadership model updated for the 21st century without making a commitment until we find out how well it works. We’ll have at least a year to test, tweak, and discern its viability. Then we’ll vote again on whether or not to continue. I believe it will both help our church run more smoothly and cooperatively and relieve some of my workload (which over the past year has become unsustainable). A win/win!
These words from Neale Donald Walsh express my thoughts quite powerfully:
Yearning for a new way will not produce it.
Only ending the old way can do that.
You cannot hold onto the old all the while
declaring that you want something new.
The old will defy the new; the old will deny the new;
the old will decry the new.
There is only one way to bring in the new.
You must make room for it.
Finally, as we continue this new season of the pandemic, many of the old problems sadly continue. One of the most pressing is food insecurity, and there is a growing number of families who can no longer afford the groceries they need. Fortunately, there are many ways to help (food pantries, food banks, etc.), and I’m highlighting one this week:
Families4Families: This is the local chapter of a national effort to help families get needed food during this difficult time. You may donate at the link or contribute groceries for Charlie Maner’s high school club to distribute Feb 17. Julie and Charlie Maner are happy to pick them up from your home. If you have any questions, and/or would like to arrange a pick-up, please email: Julie.Maner@verizon.net.
Peace and Blessings,