As I write this in mid-November it seems that winter has emphatically arrived – snow on the ground and cold in the air. (But I still have leaves to rake!)
We are moving into the holiday season. It is one of my favorite times of the year, a time for family and friends and fellowship. And for remembering and marveling in the birth of Jesus, and how that is still changing our world for the better, 2000 years later.
It is also a busy time for the Church. Our Advent worship schedule is set (you can see it on our website), our Women’s Fellowship has planned their Christmas Confection, The Board of Christian Fellowship and Education is planning the Christmas Craft workshop, and our Chrismon tree will soon make its appearance in the sanctuary.
I have mentioned our Structure & Governance task team which is looking at our organization and the way we govern our Church, with a view to streamlining both. The team is nearing the end of its first phase of work, readying recommendations to Executive Council (and eventually to the full Congregation). It has been a joy for me to work with this group, which includes: Judy Campbell, Steve Lange, Chris Lyons, Donna Nordman, Margaret Plummer, Nancy Scott, Nancy Wilking, and of course Rev. Biedron. We hope that our recommendations will create a new sense of energy and purpose for North Church, as well as provide more opportunities for our members and friends to get involved and volunteer. After we review our recommendations with Council I will be holding sessions after Sunday worship to share them with you all.
It would be remiss of me not to mention our recently completed, first ever Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show. It was a rousing success! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on it, with a special shout-out to organizer extraordinaire Lisa Rockwell.
As we look ahead to the Advent season, we can be grateful for our Church, the love of God, the gift of Jesus, and one another.
“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)