Dear Friends, I want to extend a word of thanks to those of you who were able to stick around for last Sunday's congregational meeting. We approved our spending plan for 2011, although not without some valid questions and concerns given the challenging economic times in which we live. We elected new church council members Bob Manley and Susie Conard. Ken Kissinger and Cheryl Peiffer were also approved for second terms. Other members of council are Diane Fels, Paul Hofgesang, Sandy Robinson, Andy Smith, and Cindy Vorauer. We extended a huge word of thanks to former council president Jim Kelsh for his leadership, particularly through the challenges of our recent pastoral transition. Our church officers for 2011 are Cheryl Peiffer - President, Jane Van Buskirk - Vice President, Karen Allen - Treasurer, and Colin McKeon - Treasurer. It is our goal in 2011 to train and empower new leadership for the future of St. Andrew's and our mission together.