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November 18, 2022

Sisters and Brothers,

 There is A LOT going on, and I want to make sure that you are aware of all the ways you can connect and participate.

 The Lamb’s Basket finds itself overwhelmed with need and almost bare shelves. We are going to respond to this by including flyers in all packages at Stew distribution and encourage everyone we meet to donate to us. We also like y’all to reach out to friends and neighbors like we did with the Clothing Drive.

  • This coming week we have building inspectors coming. They will do a comprehensive inspection of the structure and its systems. Additionally, we are having our sewer lines scoped and mold testing done. We are pursuing this so we can prioritize necessary Capital Maintenance projects.
  • The schedule for Advent has been slightly changed. Advent Lessons and Carols will now be on December 18th rather than the 11th.
  • We are still looking for volunteer drivers for Christmas Eve. And, we need to know who would interested in getting a ride that evening.
  • Please stick around after worship on Sunday, December 4th. We will rearrange pieces of our technology and seating in the Nave.
  • Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 22nd. At this meeting, we will elect two new members of the Vestry.
  • Planning for the coming year includes exploring new worship opportunities, a Community Garden, Cuban Night, a Church Picnic and more.

 That’s just a recap of a few things. In the new year, we will dig into our Standard Operating Procedure Manual, review best practices in administration and finance, and work on creating and empowering a committee structure that will foster more participation and creativity.

 All this activity is about more than trying to create busy-ness. It is about building our life together, a life we live with God as our Creator and Guide. Building takes investment of ideas, time, creativity, generosity, hospitality, and money. This year your generosity and resilience in all these ways has outpaced our needs, for the first time in a long time. We have much to pique our hope for renewed life together. Next week, you will receive a mailing with letters from Cam Oglesby and myself along with a pledge card. I trust that you will say your prayers, consider well what is moving in our life together, and then pledge with the faithful generosity you have shown this year and then some.

 Your brother,

 Michael