"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done."
1 Chronicles 16:8
Our annual congregational gathering is less than two weeks away (click here for details and/or to register for the dinner at 6:30pm); running throughout the preparations for this special time of fellowship is the theme of thanksgiving - clearly, whether we're looking back or leaping ahead, all is founded on God's grace and blessings . . . but you'll hear more about that on January 20th. For now, I want to thank the Lord for two specific and very special gifts.
First, the Lord has provided an incredible outpouring of time, talent and treasure to support His work in and through this parish in 2014. The names of those who have made commitments thus far (it's not too late to add yours) are posted on our web page; this list will also be distributed in services this weekend and incorporated into the parish's Annual Report. It is humbling, to say the very least, to be serving the Lord in the company of so many of His faithful sons and daughters!
Second, were I to endeavor to list the many highlights I've experienced during our eighteen years together, near the top would be the privilege of standing shoulder to shoulder with the spiritually mature leaders who have discerned a call to serve on the Vestry and responded with countless hours of devoted prayer and vision-driven action. Having completed their three-year terms with God-honoring distinction, Natalie Mann and Stew Brown will be stepping down when we meet; Bonnie Linne and Ray Cook have been moved to step up and have received the Vestry's endorsement to join Barbara Scott, Don Hurst, John Parker and Steve Markwood . . . knowing that they are in the Lord's hands, we should be comforted to be in theirs.
I look forward to sharing an evening of thanksgiving with you on January 20th as we continue our efforts to grow together to grow God's family.
In His power and for His glory,