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Pastor's Notes (January 2012)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:07 PM by Henry McTague
Dearest Friends,

The New Year is upon us – a time of new possibilities, and anticipation of what wonderful things God will bring forth in the weeks and months to come. Of course, everyday is an opportunity for fresh beginnings, but somehow we tend to mainly associate that with the start of the New Year.

I am looking forward to 2012 as a time to work with church leadership toward implementing some of the learning from my sabbatical leave. In addition to being a time of personal spiritual renewal, my months of leave provided some uninterrupted study time with regard to church organization and structure. As that has been a point of discussion within the church Council for a couple of years, it would seem that the time is upon us to look at this seriously, and determine the best model to lead the church forward. Certainly more information will be forthcoming, as we labor together to discern the path of ministry upon which God is leading us.

As rich as my sabbatical time was, I also look forward to a “normal” year of work at the church. Preparing to be away, and getting the church and diaconate prepared for my time away, required a lot of energy. And it was energy well spent, as the work of the church proceeded well in my absence, with wonderful help from great clergy pulpit supply and the dedication of the deacons. I felt confident, as I embraced the work of sabbatical, that the needs of the congregation would be well served. However, returning from leave in September allowed me only the few fall months to schedule vacation time away with Larry, and to take the study weeks that allowed me to dedicate a block of time to worship preparation, Advent and Lenten preparation, and independent study. 2011 has been a very full year.

During the coming months, I look forward to creating a new Confirmation program with Sheila Bennion and offering a new 12-week Bible Study on 1 Corinthians. Before we know it, Lent will be upon us – and then Easter. I also look forward to the new things, yet unknown, that God will birth among us, and to the journey of faith that we travel together.

Blessings,

Pastor Gail

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