In light of the impossibility of proceeding with the normal process, and in light of Pastor Bruce’s need for some assurance whether or not he has a position at our church, a Designated Term Pastor – by Council vote, offered a position to Pastor Bruce for a defined term, with understanding that once in-person gatherings are allowed, the Council and congregation would proceed with the mechanics of a congregational vote on offering a call for Settled Pastorate at any time during that 2-year period.

Honoring our O&A commitment and in keeping with the initiative creating Black History Week and Black History month Dr. Ron Field led us in discussion that was thoughtful and well attended. Watch for future dates and continued sessions on Black History as we follow this journey into discovery of how to “Be the Church”, acknowledging our prejudices and heritage.

We have finished the Local Church Profile (LCP) and have submitted a single page listing for posting on the UCC Ministerial Opportunities website. With this posting will be a link to an amazing 8 minute long clip put together by Matt of pictures of our church, congregation and the gamut of activities in which we are involved. We will show it in the Sanctuary prior to the prelude during the next 3 Sundays.

The long awaited coffee cup/juice glass rack is here.  The rack will replace the kiosk in the Bess Fulton Room and also provide storage for people to store their drinking vessels for reuse.  The Green Team organized and encourages this project to cut down on the use of plastic and styrofoam at Coffee Hour.  Join us January 12 and share your story of your favorite mug.  This will be a fun way to learn more about your church family AND help the environment at the same time.

We have been handed a gift. Calming the frightened, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked – that’s us paying attention. This family is an oasis of unconditional love blinking against a thickening fog of hate and intolerance. Instead of thinking that we need to find ourselves to find more people like ourselves, perhaps we only need to ask others for help being ourselves.