From the Co-Moderator

KatherineM

In this unsettled time, First Congregational’s holiday traditions brought comfort and continuity. From the Christmas pageant’s wonderful balance between young and old and inspiration and humor to our beautiful Christmas eve service with Pastor Mark’s terrific meditation, the holidays were a time of reflection and renewal. Gratitude goes to the Currie family for the lovely sanctuary decorations and the Chick family who were behind the scenes dealing with the less glamorous but really vital logistics (like directing traffic and ringing the bell) that make our Christmas Eve service run so smoothly.

2017 brings a change in the way we provide coffee for fellowship time after church. As Carrie Waara transitions from fellowship doyenne to her new role as deacon, we are asking all members of the congregation to help with the weekly task of making and serving coffee and tea one or two Sundays a year. Some of you have already been “assigned” a week — more to come. Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in this “many hands make light work” experiment. If you have thoughts about this system, please reach out to Jody Green.

We are grateful to Beth Goodman and the members of the budget task force as well as our investment committee, Aaron Gordon and Steve Chick for their careful stewardship of our resources. It was gratifying to have so many members participate in our December budget meeting and we are thrilled that, with pledges coming in ahead of previous years, we will not be operating at a deficit. Thanks to all for the generous financial support of the church!

As we write this, we are anticipating with joy our annual meeting and potluck to follow. We look forward to seeing you all there and thank you for your participation in the life of the church.

Katherine Myers, your Co-Moderator