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Weekly Contact–January 11, 2018

Hello there,

This time of year always seems to be a bit overwhelming to me.  Maybe it is facing up to it really being winter, and not the Christmassy-winter-wonderland kind but the wind-chilled, slushy, gray, windshield-scraping, driveway-clearing, grit-tracked-in kind of winter.  Plus, there is all that stuff that you said you would get to after the holidays, and, well, here it all is.

So I need to keep things in perspective.  Psalm 139 is part of the lectionary readings for this coming Sunday.  It opens with this:

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away. 
You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways. 

God knows us, knows all we struggle with, knows what comes easy, knows our ups and downs.  Yet, with all that knowledge God still loves us and for some reason is pleased with us.  In the same psalm it goes on to say:

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them! 
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end—I am still with you.

I shall be preaching on this psalm on Sunday morning as well as John 1:43-51.  My sermon title is “Making Acceptions.”  The Chancel Choir will be singing at the first service.

There is a Navigator planning meeting that will include a potluck supper this coming Sunday at 5:30 in the social room.  Everyone is invited.

And speaking of all that stuff you put off until after the holidays…  All committee chairs and group leaders are reminded that annual reports are due next Wednesday, January 17th.

Finally, we are making some adjustments to our FPC office email system, hoping to improve.  But for the time being we are having some glitches along the way.  If you send us something and we don’t respond, please follow up with a phone call or in some other way.  We may not have received what you sent us.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard 

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