To say that 2017 was a challenge would be an understatement. In the last 6 months we have had a total of 10 different pastors supply our pulpit. In most cases it was someone different every week. Occasionally we had someone for two weeks in a row. We were then blessed to get Pastor Katie Keene who has told us that she would be happy to supply until we find a candidate that is suitable for us.
The important thing is that through it all we have not lost sight of who we are as a congregation. We have maintained all of our outreach programs with the same enthusiasm that has always been such an inspiration to those who know us and especially to those who depend on us. As Deacons, we believe that continuing these programs should be our focus moving forward.
This past Christmas, we once again, adopted 10 children and we fulfilled all of the wishes on their lists.
We provided the women's shelter with 30 bathrobes. This year we were fortunate to have received a $250 grant from Pastor Katie Keene which we used towards these two outreach programs. We have been blessed indeed!
We were able to hold two services on Christmas Eve. The morning breakfast service was well attended and good food and fellowship along with scripture and carols made it fun as well as spiritual. The Christmas Eve candlelight service was also well attended. It is always wonderful to see the young people who are home on break from school. Thanks to them, all the candles were lit and the church was
so beautiful. Many thanks to the choir for providing an anthem each week during Advent and for singing "O Holy Night" on Christmas Eve. And many thanks to our supply pastor, Katie Keene for her contribution to the morning service and her wonderful sermon at the candlelight service.
At the last Deacon's meeting we are pleased to announce that we voted to give a scholarship to Emily Wenzell so that she may go on a mission trip to Africa with a group of young people. She has assured us that she will give a presentation to the congregation upon her return. We wish her a safe and meaningful journey.
As we continue through this time of transition we feel that it is important to keep an "open door policy" at our Deacon's meetings. Please feel free to come to a meeting if you have any concerns or suggestions. We usually meet on the last Sunday of the month in the conference room right after the service.
We close now with great hope for the future of our church,
Pam Dunham and Melanie Conner
Co-Chairs of the Diaconate