President's Message September, 2017
Greetings to all. As I compose this month’s message, we are in the final preparation for the Chili Cook Off, and I pray for great weather and great attendance after Sunday’s second service. My hope is that we will gather for fun, competition, bragging rights, and an opportunity to contribute toward paying some of the costs of the cemetery expansion. If you are busy with life- as we all seem to be- why not take a break and plan on attending some of our events and, of course, one of the regular worship services.
We will gather between services on October 1 to review in a congregational meeting format, the needs for a capital campaign and the plans that have been discussed thus far at a leadership level. Meanwhile, the property has been transformed these past few weeks and the cemetery has been expanded. My gratitude goes out to the Cemetery Committee and all who have seen this project develop. We have much work to get done around the property, and there have been generous contributions of time, talent, and money towards both projects and the routine things we do as a congregation. Every week we ask for help with worship assistance and special projects. I have said before, if you volunteer, you will be welcome.
Finally, I have a thought to share on judgement and forgiveness. As Council President, I listen in confidence to many who share their opinions, complaints, and even praises of others in our church family. I am glad to be a sounding board. But as I was reading last week’s lessons during worship, I was strongly reminded that we should not get caught up in personal conflicts that may interfere with the work of our church. Jesus recognized that as humans we would have disagreements within His church. He directs us to settle those things that create conflict, talk things out, and even forgive when we feel slighted. This is not an easy thing to do sometimes, but we must try. If you are not participating in the life of this congregation because of past or present disagreements, I encourage you to open your thinking and your heart to consider some type of reconciliation. The work and the mission we have is great, and we truly have a congregation of great people- I’d love to see you Sunday. Your friends and neighbors at St. Paul’s would love to see you too!