Pastor’s Note

December 2022

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you for the blessing of a month-long renewal leave for my husband and me as we ventured off to Tanzania and Kenya in East Africa this last month. It was a long-awaited trip of a lifetime for me that many of you helped me achieve as three years ago you helped me write a grant request for the Lilly Foundation for Clergy Renewal Grant available to all ordained clergy.

It was a blessing to have close (but safe) views of some of God’s most magnificent creatures. It was also rather wild to be in a safari vehicle each day, traveling over bumpy washboard gravel roads in search of the next elusive animals.

It is also a blessing to have more opportunities to share in the festivities of this season.

Thanks to the worship committee who organized our decorating of the Christmas trees in our Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary on the last Sunday of November, where many people stayed to enjoy the decorating, fellowship, hot cider and cookies. Thanks also for their reaching out to musicians in our community as we look forward to having special music every Sunday in December. Come and see!

Thanks to Jane R. and the Nurture and Discipleship Team who are helping bring back the Christmas Pageant after a three-year hiatus. We look forward to celebrating the Christmas story with our children leading the way during our Sunday morning worship on December 18.

Thanks to all of you for your faithfulness to God through this congregation. Your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness are all powerful ways that we, together, bring God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

I’m in the process of planning a sermon series talking about some of my learnings in the wilderness and how that relates to our faith walk even now in the midst of civilization. I hope you can join us as I share pictures and stories and insights gained from that time away.

~Pastor Holly