"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?" God speaking through the prophet (Isaiah 43:18,19)
With every new year, I want to be sure that I am on the right track. I want to be sure that "tried and true" has not become a comfortable rut.
Of course, we carry much forward from the year before. After all, it only ended a few hours ago! Still the advent of a new year brings a chance at a fresh start, a fresh way to look at things, a fresh way to be. That is my hope for me, for you, and for us as we start 2022.
I pray that as a gathered people of God, we will endeavor as individuals and as a congregation to grow, to learn, be ready to follow our Leader wherever he leads us. To that end, I want to do something we have done many times- I want to challenge you to use this first week of the new year as a week of prayer. And I am going to keep it very, very simple.
Here are the topics: Thanks. Praise. Concerns. People. That should cover most. Just pick one topic a day this week and find some time to pray on it. Some may require more than one time of prayer, so there are only four.
I'm challenging us to this because I am convinced that our ministry grows as our prayer grows. And we have a much better chance to be doing things God's way when we talk things over with him. So listen, too! He may have something very particular to say to you...
Thanks for considering this. Hope your new year gets off to a great start.
Hope to see you soon!
Sundays - Every Sunday - Worship Service - 10:30 am in person at the church and via Zoom.
1/2 - Communion Sunday - Coin Collection for Benevolence.
1/9 - Coin Collection for Benevolence.
1/16 - Annual Meeting following the service - in person and via Zoom.
Wednesdays - Every Wednesday Bible Study via Zoom - 7:30 PM - Zoom
Thursdays - 1/6 - Church Board Meeting via Zoom - 7 PM - Zoom
Contact Gary for Zoom links at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other News -
Coin Collection - We get another chance to bring in our coins for benevolence! We will be collecting the coins from our jars the first two Sundays in January. Our next collection will be at the end of April.
Communion Sunday - Communion is Sunday, January 2. The elements will be provided this month. If you are attending via Zoom, please have your own ready if you wish to participate.
Annual Meeting - Please stay after worship on Sunday, January 16 for our Annual Meeting. It will be held in the sanctuary immediately after the service. Or just stay online after the service if you are attending via Zoom. No potluck this year but there might be a few treats in the fellowship room to enjoy during the meeting. This is an important time to discuss things and make decisions related to our church. We always value everyone's input. You will receive your minutes from the 2021 meeting via email.
Thanks - Thanks to everyone who helped in some way to make our Christmas Eve service and Carol Sing-Along a success! Special thanks to Judy Murphy for all her help on Christmas Eve.
Refreshments - We have a number of cookies frozen from December so we will be putting those out for a few weeks. But if you have something you would also like to share, feel free to bring it.
Offering - Look for the offering plate at the back of the church if you are coming in person. Otherwise please remember to mail it to Nathalie Lyford.
Covid - Covid is still with us and so we want to make sure we do our part to stay safe and healthy. Please follow the safety protocols when possible to be considerate of others. Please watch on Zoom if you aren't feeling well or know you have been exposed to Covid. Thanks!
Gary Schwerin, pastor