From the Pastor
How wonderful to be back with you after several weeks away this summer. Thank you again to Melissa Guthrie Loy for her able leadership in my absence, as well as to the Elders and the Care Team, and all who pitched in to help.
You all have been busy while I was gone! The church is bustling with activity, and it’s such a joy to watch. Here are just a few of the things going on that I’m excited about:
Our annual school supply drive: I’m always a bit sad to see the end of summer approaching, but I do love the promise of a blank notebook and a fresh set of pencils. I’m glad we’ve made it a priority to help the children at Glen Haven Community Center go back to school well prepared. (Find out more on page 1.)
Our new Music Director: Woody Faulkner joined us for his first Sunday at the organ last week, and he’s getting ready for choir rehearsal to begin on August 23. Music is such an important part of our worship life—singing and music allow us to come into the presence of God in different and holy ways. I’m already enjoying working with Woody; I know you’ll make him feel welcome. (Read a note from Woody on page 4.)
Our new intern: Paul Snyder, a Wake Forest Divinity School student and a Disciple from Ohio, will be joining us for the 2017-18 school year as our Ministry Intern. I continue to be grateful for this congregation’s willingness and ability to mentor new leaders for the church. (We’ll include a bio of Paul in a future newsletter; his first Sunday with us will be August 27.)
Our new partnerships: In the past few months, I’ve been talking with the board and the long-range planning team about the need to put our building to better use. This building is one of our greatest resources (if not, occasionally, the source of our greatest headaches!), and to be good stewards of our gifts, the space we have ought to be better used by our community. As it turns out, sometimes all you have to do is make a wish out loud, because this summer, we’ve welcomed two new groups into the building: Church World Service has been holding citizenship classes for immigrants, and a program of the Arc of Greensboro has begun setting up space to hold classes for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. (Read more about how all this came about on page 3.) I’m delighted to see our building come to life in these ways.
Lots to be grateful about around here. If you’ve been away for awhile this summer, I hope you’ll find your way back soon.
It’s good to be the church together.