Go Tell It on the Mountain

Skyland Church Newsletter - February 2018
Skyland Community Church

10:30 am Sunday Service

Rev. Stephen Glauz-Todrank
Church phone: 408-353-1310


February 11
Associate Conference Minister, 
Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones will be worshiping with us and discussing the reVision program after service.

February 14
Ash Wednesday 
(the beginning of Lent)

February 18
Potluck Lunch after Church 

February 25
Women's Group after Church 
(details below)

Note from our Moderator

Hello friends,

The chur ch council met on January 9, and most of the discussion centered on topics that were discussed in the Annual Meeting, which was held on January 28, including the treasurer's report, the 2018 slate of board and committee assignments, and the idea of changing the assignment of coffee hours to individual households rather than boards and committees. Another topic was the January 14 visit from our Conference Minister Diane Wiebel and her enthusiasm about the reVision program. The council also briefly talked about possible updates to our website, with the most exciting idea being the addition of an interactive calendar. Stay tuned for more information about that possibility.

Thank you to all who attended the Annual Meeting. It was an engaged and thoughtful group. Gerry kindly posted the 2017 Annual Report on our website: http://skylandchurch.com/more/
So, if you didn't get a copy at the meeting, you may access it there.

Peace and light,
Altar Flowers

Altar flowers add color and beauty to our contemplations during worship service.  There are several open Sundays in February and March. Please sign up on the new calendar in Whitaker Hall.  

 pink camellia
brightens winter and heralds 
the advent of spring.
-- haiku by John Hayes

Skyland Community Church
Women's Group
February Meeting
 Sunday February 25 

We will be discussing CREATIVITY. For those who are interested in learning more, we will be using Matthew Fox's book CREATIVITY: Where the Divine and Human Meet as the jumping off place for this time together. All women are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend.
Time:  Noon to 1:30 pm  

Place:  Skyland Community Church               25100 Skyland Road

            Lower Whitaker


Minister's Column

Dear Skyland Friends,

As we settle into the new year, part of what we are doing as a church is continuing to study the program called reVision which helps churches to strengthen and focus their shared ministry. Please see the article reVision for Skyland Church by our Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones, the best description so far of the program and how we might enact it here in our community. 

Daniel visited us last year and will be here again on the 11th to tell us more about the program and answer your questions. After that, the Council will discuss whether to recommend the program to our church. If they do, they will call a special congregational meeting so we can all make this big decision together. 

I also want us to remember our dear friend, Barbara Wicht, who died recently. Our prayers are with her and her family and we will be gathering as a community to celebrate her life at 11 am on Saturday, February 17th. Please join us for that special service and a finger-food potluck reception to follow. Barbara grew up at Skyland Church and it was wonderful to have her back with us during these last few years.

With gratitude for the life we share,
Treasurer's Report - February 2018
Pledge and Offering income for month of January met expectations, but Offering income for our fiscal year to date is still $-5,686 less than projected based on annual budget.
We are now able to accept credit card payments for pledge, general and special offerings if that is more convenient than check or cash. See either Jan or myself after service for these transactions.
Here is our operating finances as of January 31 for  our 2017-18 fiscal year.

                   Summary of Operating Finances
              January 2018   | Jun 1,2017 to Jan 31
           Actual    Planned |  Actual      Planned
 $  10,708  $  9,500 | $138,227    $140,557
$  13,890  $ 14,187 | $126,060    $134,731
$ (-3,182) $(-4,687) | $ 12,127    $  5,826
Gerald J. Alonzo, Treasurer


They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31
Scofield Reference Bible

Missions Board Spotlight


Our generous congregation has once again reached out to help support education for student scholarships around the world. The Mission Board raised $2100 to be sent as direct aid to individuals identified directly by members of Skyland Community Church. 

For many years we have supported two technical students in India, three high schoolers in Fiji, a middle school student and his family from Guatemala and most recently, one full time student in Tanzania. This mission work allows us to reach far and wide. Thank you.

Our mission work for February will include collecting warm winter items that will be distributed to our local community.

Please bring clean and lightly used: sleeping bags, coats, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves.

Note from the Editors

New this month are Quick Links at the bottom of the page, please take a look and explore the wider UCC news & events.

  Brian & Patricia Wood