JANUARY COUNCIL CONNECTIONS
Your King of Glory Council is preparing for the 2022 Annual Meeting, Sunday January 30 at 10:30 AM. There will be only a 9 AM in-person worship that Sunday (virtual worship an option), followed by the meeting in the Sanctuary. This is a virtual annual meeting. Attendance options are in-person or linked by Zoom.
The 2022 Annual Report which highlights the activities of King of Glory will be available the middle of January, as a printed copy, or a PDF. The Annual Report captures the work and ministry of King of Glory during 2021 with committee, staff, and financial reports. Please look over the Annual Report for a capsule of King of Glory’s ministries during 2021.
To expedite budget approval during the annual meeting, there will be two information events on Sundays, January 16 and January 23 between the two in-person worship services. This will be a chance to ask budget-related questions of the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee, to understand the “whys” of the 2022 budget. The proposed budget, which has been prepared by the Finance Committee and approved by the council, will be available for the congregation after the January 12 council meeting.
Christmas worship at King of Glory was truly a celebration! Two traditional Christmas Eve worship services welcomed many friends and families. Congregational singing—all masked—of familiar carols was truly a special gift, especially the candle-light tradition of “Silent Night”. “Waving” the Peace and individual communion in the pews was assuring that the pandemic protocols for the safety of the entire community of faith continue to be of high importance.
It has been, and continues to be, challenging for your leadership to ensure that “all” can safely be together. With the concern now regarding the prolific spread of the Omicron variation of COVID, we are hopeful that we can not only practice, but continue to expand more of our treasured fellowship traditions:
· We are “singing” the two hymns during the in-person worship service!
· We are having simple coffee hours, with beverages and cookies and distanced seating in the Fellowship Hall.
· The Free Meal gang served a sit-down meal for December in the Fellowship Hall, practicing social distancing, vaccinations, and wearing masks when not eating.
· The adult educational hour plans to offer in-person sessions in February between services.
Choir? King of Glory’s music staff is not comfortable re-organizing the vocal choir at this time. Singing produces a particularly high level of respiratory particles (aerosols), which potentially contain coronavirus. An infected singer risks infecting others in the room via the air they breathe, especially since singing involves people inhaling deeply as well.
Considering the median age of the choir, lack of space (at least 6’ of distance between singers) to maintain safe distances, and an air filtration system that is not able to promote adequate air flow, we are blessed with song leaders who have been faithfully sharing their gifts of music in worship.
Thank you King of Glory for your willingness to be masked and vaxxed! As your leadership, we continue to monitor CDC guidelines and advice from health care professionals to ensure that we are able to care for each other safely with “faith steps” that are appropriate for our community of faith.