From the Diaconate
To say that the summer and into the fall have been interesting is an understatement!!
We have managed to keep the pulpit filled and have been blessed by the messages from eight different Pastors. The feedback has been positive and we are grateful to our faithful congregation. From all of the supply Pastor's, we have received such encouragement about our Church and its Missions. Each one has congratulated us on being able to continue all of these programs under the circumstances. They have all offered words of hope for our Church and have all said that it is important to stay true to what we as a congregation really want in our next Pastor. We hope that it is a comfort to all of you that others view us with admiration. We have been told multiple times that they believe that God has a plan for us and that He will provide for our needs. We believe that and hope that you will also.
As for the future, we have filled the pulpit for October and November and I think most of December. We have Katie Keene filling in for 8 Sundays and Jack Patrick Lewis will be with us on October 29th and November 5th. We have had the privilege of hearing messages from both Katie and Jack during the summer.
If, in the interim, the Search Committee has found a candidate, we will have them preach when they are available. The supply Pastors are aware that we may ask them to step down on any given Sunday and they are more than happy to do so. The goal for all of us is to have a settled Pastor in place as soon as a suitable person is found.
We would also like to take this time to thank all of those responsible for our Homecoming service and brunch on September 24th. The Just Peace Players were our guests and delivered a message of Love, Hope and Courage from the women of the Greatest Generation. We followed that with a very nice brunch in Fellowship Hall. So nice to see so many in attendance and the food was plentiful and oh so good!!
Once again, we would like to thank our congregation for hanging in during this time of transition. Your encouragement and support means more to us than you can imagine.
The Deacons have also tried to maintain contact with our less mobile members by calls and cards and visits. If anyone knows of a member that would like a visit, a call or a card, please contact Linda at the office and she will get in touch with one of us. Or please feel free to talk to any of us at Church. We appreciate your input.
Blessings, Pam Dunham and Melanie Conner
Co-Chairs of the Deacons