From the Pastor
I love this time of year.
No, it’s not the cooler temperatures or the boots or even the pumpkin spice lattes — it’s the season when we look back at the past year at church and celebrate everything we’ve done together.
What a year it’s been! We’ve dedicated babies and hosted ordinations. We’ve made some major changes to our organizational structures. We officially became an open and affirming congregation. We started a new ecumenical youth group. We’ve said goodbye to some beloved people. We’ve shared countless cups of coffee and cookies in the gathering space after worship. We’ve served meals at shelters and donated school supplies. We’ve prayed at the hospital and in the sanctuary. We’ve sung old favorites and learned new songs. We’ve shared the communion feast. We’ve celebrated another Christmas, another Easter, another Pentecost, and we’ve walked together through the weeks of ordinary time.
Every year at this time, I dig through files of photos of our church from the past year to find pictures to share in our ministry celebration slideshow. It’s great fun to sort through all these, looking at how the kids have changed, noticing how often we gather for meals, paying attention to all the varied ways we practice church around here. There are some things that don’t vary much from year to year — our backpack packing pictures all look kind of the same, as do our CROP Walk photos (though the kids keep getting taller!). Other things change a lot.
When I look at all these pictures, I find myself so full of gratitude for the people that make up this church. It’s true what that old song says: “A church is not a building, a church is not a steeple, a church is not a resting place, the church is the people!” All these photos would be pretty boring if it weren’t for the people in them. Imagine: an empty sanctuary, a quiet playground, tables of food with no one to eat it. The church is the people, indeed.
Thank you for being part of the picture of our church. And thank you for the generous gifts you give that make all this possible. We’ve had a great response to the invitation to make a pledge of financial support as our leadership puts together our 2019 budget. If you’ve already turned in a pledge, thank you. If you haven’t, there’s still time to make a commitment to be part of this work. Pledge cards are available at the church, and there’s lots of information on our website as well.
Thank you for your generosity, and your presence. It’s good to be the church together.