This has been an interesting fall, hasn’t it? While we celebrated Rally Day with a bag breakfast on our “front porch patio” (thank you Jill and Janis!), because of COVID restrictions we are still very cautious when it comes to large gatherings indoors. We are still masking, passing the peace via waves and peace signs, and of course, one of the biggest holes, our choir has not been able to sing during worship. It is a strange September indeed.

But we are still being the church, and some very cool things are happening and about to happen!

On October 20, we will begin a visioning process with the help of Joy Fenton-Jones, who is Coordinator of New Ministry Development for the North Coast District of the UMC. We will be using the book Transforming Power: Biblical Strategies for Making a Difference in Your Community as a resource. Separate from the visioning process, if you would like to be a part of a book study, please let me know. As I said in our Church Council meeting, our visioning will focus on attainable, concrete goals for the congregation in the next five years, especially in terms of community and neighborhood outreach.

We are moving forward with the rest of our fall programming, just in different ways. Our community meal in October will be a drive-thru event. We will hand out candy on Halloween to neighborhood kids in front of the church, and we plan to participate in the Jefferson Park Haunted Hollow. Although our full choir is not able to sing, we will have some form of artistic offering each Sunday. And we already have plans to join with West Park UCC for an Advent study using Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s book Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent. And of course our Community Garden is in full swing, thanks to the efforts of Roy and his tireless volunteers – we are hoping for another 200 pounds of produce!

What do we need for all of these exciting events? YOU! Please take the time to decide where God is calling you to serve this fall, and let me know which of these piques your interest. It takes all of us to make Christ UMC a vibrant place where the Spirit is at work! And remember

Fear Not

Pastor Dianne

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