As I struggle to remember to date things in my office and at home 2014 (and not 2013!), I also give thanks for so many of the blessings of 2013 and look forward to the promise of 2014. You, the people of St. Andrew's, have so much to do with our blessings - past, present, and future. We are truly blessed!
2013 concluded in wondrous ways for our faith community. Over three services on Christmas Eve, we had about 700 people praising our newborn king, including many new faces and returning ones who we hope to see more of in 2014. A big thanks to all of you who volunteered so much of your time during the Advent and Christmas season. Also, a huge word of thanks is extended for your financial support throughout the year and especially during the month of December where we experienced overwhelming generosity from several of our members. The way you have opened your hands, your hearts, and your voices has brought more blessings to people in this community and abroad than you will ever know.
This weekend we will celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord as we return to our regular worship schedule with worship at 5PM on Saturday, Sunday Worship at 8:15 & 11AM, and Christian Education on Sunday at 9:30 AM. Next Sunday, January 12, we will have our annual congregational meeting following 11:00 AM Worship. The agenda for this important meeting includes the election of new council leadership for 2013, consideration of our 2014 spending plan, approval of endowment fund by law changes, and an update on our long range planning process.
I make a sad face as I inform you that Christmas decorations will start coming down next Monday evening January 9 at 6:30 PM. Time marches on and while admittedly it is not as much fun as putting the decorations up, the company is just as good. If you get this message in time and would like to come help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Be safe as the snow approaches. We are hoping that the roads will be clear in time for the memorial service tomorrow.
The month of December was quite a ride for us. Now it's time to follow Jesus through the joys and challenges of 2014. A blessed New Year to all. See you in church!