Every month when I prepare to write this, I am amazed that another month has passed... And in December, it means another year has passed, too.
We are well into the holiday season now. The congregation is not only anticipating all that that entails, it is also working on other things: celebrating our new members on Dec 4, starting the work for the annual congregational meeting (which will be held in January), changes in leadership that will take place, and a long-awaited Open House event being hosted in cooperation with the Safford House the weekend of Dec 10-11.
Changes in leadership for our Social Justice Council have led us to have a congregation- wide conversation about what social justice means to this congregation, and what it wants to do. The well-attended conversation on Nov 20 surfaced some main themes where there was an energy: supporting local initiatives, reducing the number of causes we engage with in order to form deeper relationships with the organizations, and being more involved with actions than previously (congregants don't want to give monetary support). We'll have another similar conversation in January to explore what there is the capacity for among volunteers and other questions.
Everyone has their own feelings about December. Apart from the holidays, we have family birthdays this month, but we have also lost a lot of loved ones this month. Know that whatever you are feeling, you do not have to be alone.
We hope to see you at church soon! And as always, I look forward to hearing from you.
In faith and service, Rev. Kristina Spaude (She/her)
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