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January 10, 2019 – Weekly Contact

Hello there,

It felt good last night to be back into the normal routine with the Wednesday night LOGOS program.  If you never have done so, I would invite you to stop by some Wednesday evening just to see all that is going on.  We have a great bunch of kids that show up each week, and some wonderful volunteers that do a fantastic job.  If the only time you are in the church building is on Sunday morning, you are missing a big part of the picture.

But I hope you will be in church this Sunday morning.  At the first service, the Chancel Choir is singing one of my favorite hymns, “Be Thou My Vision.” At the second service we will be closing with one of my favorite praise songs, “The River is Here.”  I will be preaching on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, the story of our Lord’s baptism by John.  My sermon title is “Great Expectations.”  If you are a literature buff, you know that title has been used before, but I can assure you that there will not be much of Charles Dickens in my preaching.

You need to come hungry on Sunday.  Once again, between services, we have one of our pancake brunches served up by our teens.  So enjoy some delicious goodies and make a generous donation to support our youth mission trips.

You may have noticed that we have not said anything yet about the annual report and the annual meeting.  Since 2019 will be a year of transitions, the Session voted to delay the meeting until February.  This allows us to get a better picture of where we stand financially, as well as having someone from the Presbytery provide some information and answer some of our questions before the Session approves the 2019 budget.  Because of this, committee chairs and other leaders need to be aware that the deadline for turning in your 2018 annual reports will be Monday, January 28th.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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