family and friends. Many of us will send out annual cards with letters updating
what we and our family members have been doing over the past year. Some of us
(or our family members) will travel to see one another, if only for a few days.
In our part of the world, all of this frenetic travel takes place at a time when
the snows of winter are increasing. Yet, we do this as an act of faith (that our
travels will be safe and manageable) and love (because we know that these
connections are important to us, as well as those we are visiting).
If you have not made it out to church with your usual regularity, I want to
issue you a special invitation. Come over to Ron and Laura’s for the holiday
potluck on December 10. In addition to seeing other members and friends, you
will get to meet their new dogs. It is also likely that you will receive a tour
of Ron’s amazing fish collection! If you have questions about what to bring,
contact Laura Hopkins for suggestions.
I would also like to invite you to visit us at church. A lot
has been happening, and much more is in the works. (See the note on our kitchen
renovation and plans for a handicap accessible bathroom!) Over the years, we
have been holding a multi-festival candle lighting service on the Sunday evening
before Christmas. This year, with Christmas on a Sunday morning, we decided to
try holding our candle light service on Christmas Eve. Mary Ann Finn and Carolyn
Christie are planning special flute and piano music for this service. There
will, of course, be holiday treats following the service.
If this has been a challenging or difficult year, I want to make an extra
effort to reach out to you. I will be calling over the next week or so to set up
visits, if you would like a home visit. I believe that I know most of you; there
are undoubtedly some who have kept your difficulties private. Please do not
hesitate to contact me, if you would like a visit.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this month! Once again,
thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve as your minister. Have a
happy and a healthy holiday season!
Rev. Stan Sears, Minister