As I begin to work through my lengthy to do list to get ready for a very busy January at St. Andrew's, I need to pause to give thanks for so many of the blessings of 2014 and look forward to the exciting opportunities that await us in 2015. You, the people of St. Andrew's, have so much to do with our blessings - past, present, and future. We are truly blessed!
2014 concluded in wondrous ways for our faith community. We had a beautiful Christmas Eve with hundreds of people worshiping our new born king, including many new faces and returning ones who we hope to see more of in 2015. 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 5 PM on Saturday, Sunday Worship at 8:15 & 11 AM, and Christian Education on Sunday at 9:30 AM (including a combined Adult Education Forum with Deb Cogswell sharing from her mission trips to Haiti). Next Sunday, January 11, 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 2015, consideration of our 2015 spending plan, approval of our church by laws, and an update on our long range planning process. Also on January 11 at 9:30 AM, we will be launching two new Adult Ed. opportunities with studies on the Gospel of Mark and the Nicene Creed.
I make a sad face as I inform you that Christmas decorations will start coming down next Thursday evening January 8 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. Please mark your calendars and plan to come help. It would be greatly appreciated.
The month of December was quite a ride for us. Now it's time to follow Jesus through the joys and challenges of 2015. A blessed New Year to all. See you in church!