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December 2012

posted Dec 18, 2014, 1:25 PM by Henry McTague
 

DIACONATE DOINGS

The November meeting opened with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for our own Phil Sanborn, who turned 80 on Veteran’s Day.  After some teasing and chocolate cake, we turned our minds to the business of the church.  Last month’s reports were approved and we moved on to our normal business. 

The Wilkinson Food Pantry served 22 families this past month (51 individuals), received a small delivery from the USDA, and  food donations from Coppal Hill Farm, the Tai Chi class that meets at the church, and 37 large boxes of food from the Oyster River bus drivers’ food drive.

Jeannine  Elliott attended the Carroll Strafford Association meeting, where they talked about the possibility of a pulpit exchange between churches in the coming year.  Gail has agreed to serve on a committee through the same association; they will meet as needed when allegations of minister misconduct arise.

Another potential youth minister applicant was interviewed recently and her references are being checked.  We are hopeful that this will be the right person for the Lee church.

The Hanging of the Greens will take place on Nov. 25th right after church, the 2013 diaconate budget has been submitted to the Trustees, the prayer group is being organized by Barb Brothwell and will start soon, and the first meeting of the Women’s Fellowship convened on the first Tuesday of the month.  Look for an article elsewhere in the Open Door for more details.

The annual membership review has been completed.  15 people were moved to the inactive list. 

Much discussion ensued relative to declining church attendance both here and nationally.  Deacons have been contacting parishioners individually to ask their input as to how we are doing as a church, what they like and don’t like about the church and it’s programs, what suggestions they have for improving attendance or activities, and any other concerns or positives they have to share.  We’ll compile the results and review them in a confidential diaconate meeting.  At that point we’ll decide how to proceed next.  Of course, we will keep names confidential and will deal with the comments and suggestions as appropriate.  We thank everyone for their thoughtful input and for their time to help our church as we seek to keep building upon our strengths while addressing needs that arise.

Holiday baskets will be prepared and delivered on the Tues. before Thanksgiving.   The Boy Scouts will be assisting us this time.  We thank all the volunteers who make this outreach possible.

We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Thanks be to God for all He has given us.

 

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