1/14/2014: Pastoral Reflections

Pastoral Reflections:

What a beautiful day it is today! The sun is brightly shining and the feel to the day could not be better. I am reminded each day that regardless of the weather or how cold or hot it is “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

We are now in mid January and I am so glad of what we as a church have experienced the completion of 2013 and are now firmly in 2014. Our church experienced the wonder of Christmas with worship services filled with song and wonder. Many contributed to the adornment of the church and our Altar Guild, under the direction of Beverly Newman, worked tirelessly to have our church looking so radiant during the Holy days. I am also so very happy to announce that our church paid 100% of our apportionments. When Terry and I delivered the final payment to David Stinson, our conference treasurer, he expressed our conference’s gratitude. He also acknowledged the conference’s understanding of the sacrifice placed on our church. The apportionments are the portion that our church gives to God in the way of meeting our conference and general church financial obligations.

I am excited and hopeful as we begin our work in ministry in the year of our Lord 2014. I am thankful for the leadership of our church in coming together to calendar ministry events and administrative meetings for this year. Under the leadership of Joyce Brown and with a good number of leaders present we were able to accomplish the task and then enjoy together a great covered dish.

As I continue to reflect on the idea of Apportionments I am aware that God’s gift is that in Christ Jesus God has provided for our salvation. The promise from Holy Scripture is that God continues to provide for us. God is present through Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit will teach us and lead us as a church to continue to be a powerful witness to the grace of God.

Hoping to see you soon, Raul

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