by Lee Hull Moses–
I loved watching your faces as you viewed the slideshow of photos we shared as part of our Ministry Celebration Sunday. I loved seeing your eyes light up in recognition when you saw yourselves or someone you know. I loved watching your smiles as you remembered everything we’ve done together as a church in the past year.
Putting that slideshow together has become one of my favorite fall traditions. I like how some photos are almost exactly the same from year to year – the CROP Walk, the Thanksgiving Friendship Sunday lunch, the candles on the Advent wreath, the assembly line as we stuff the backpacks to give away each summer. The people get older, but the activity doesn’t change much. It’s a good reminder of how our church continues its steady call to love, serve, and hope, year in and year out.
There are always some new photos, too, though. This year, it was fun to revisit the blessing of the new playground last spring, and the 100th anniversary kick-off luncheon, when so many people were decked out in their 1917 finest, or the various Table Talk gatherings on Thursday nights. These new photos remind me that our church continues to be nimble and ready to meet the needs of our community here and now.
I’m so grateful for this congregation, and I know you are too. Throughout October, we’re going to be talking about the financial commitments we make to support the ministries of the church. It’s our gifts, given out of gratitude for what God is doing here, that make it possible for us to do this work together.
October 30 will be Commitment Sunday, when each of us is asked to make a pledge of financial support for 2017. In the next few weeks, you’ll be hearing from other members of the congregation – folks like you, who love this church, who have made generous giving a priority in their lives. I hope you’ll listen carefully to them, and start to consider how you can do the same.
Just think about the pictures we’ll be able to show next year.
Thank you for the ways you love, serve, and hope. It is good to be the church together.
Lee Hull Moses
P.S. The slideshow is on our website!