Happy Spring. It is peeking its head out to tempt us. Thankfully, it will be in full bloom soon and we will all be dancing around the May pole.
On February 1st, the members of the Board of Trustees and the members of the Committee on Ministry led the first church service of Reverend Bill’s sabbatical. During that service, congregants were asked to share their hopes for the sabbatical on 3 X 5 cards which were collected at the end of the service.
Some responses were personal pledges, such as “finding more time for my own reflection” and “more dance in these 6 months.” Other comments were faith-based, which included searching for ways of “spreading our principles and values of our liberal faith” to more “spiritual exploration of different ideas” and “creating a personal theology.”
Even though every comment was heartfelt and valuable, the following 3 themes rose above the rest:
- Opportunities for us to get more involved in social justice.
- Involving our children in services.
- More opportunities to play and socialize together.
If all of us keep these three ideas in our future planning, whether we sit on a committee or are organizing an event, we can work to make these happen.
If you are interested in seeing the complete list of card responses, you can find them by going to the Member’s Area of the website, scrolling down and clicking on Protected Documents. If you don’t know how to get to items in the Member’s Area, contact Denise in the church office or any board member for the password. This is also where you can find the church directory.
Even though it is eight weeks away, I am asking that you put the May 31st Congregational Meeting on your calendar now. The meeting officially begins at 8:30 in the morning with a light breakfast and it typically runs until 10:00. I am asking that you mark your calendar now as we need a quorum of 66 voting members in attendance for the entire meeting.
A BIG thank you goes to Chris Burroughs and Stephanie Wilson for thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing preschool toys and shelves. What a project that often gets overlooked.
Looking forward to seeing you at church events as we dance into spring. The church auction, our biggest fundraiser, is just around the corner on April 25th. If you have never attended, it is a fun night of laughter and enjoyment for all.