President's Column

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

The month of April has flown by and here we are at May already. May is the last month of the church year, and so ends my term as president of the board. I can honestly say the year has flown by just as fast as the last month. Seems like only yesterday I was anxious to get started, my head full of ideas and something of a vision, my spirit filled with energy.

“You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.” Brandi Carlile

The hurricane started shortly after midnight June 1, the very first day. Actually, at 10:30pm on May 31st I was emailed a contract to look over for a parcel of land to purchase. This would be the first of three contracts to review and sign over the next 11 months. Before the week was over, I would learn of Rev. Aaron’s resignation.

I have this mental picture of sideways rain and dark gray skies, with howling winds tossing limbs and all manner of things around. I think all of us have had to brace ourselves to face the turmoil played out in the 24-hour news cycle that can hit like a Category 3 any given week. In my mind’s eye, the storms of life, and the unexpectedly strong winds of change in our church life, also have a place in the center that is a shelter of calm and peace. It is there for me on Sunday morning during worship, at covenant group meetings, and believe it or not, at the end of an exhausting but productive board meeting.

And we dance with our new minister, and feel the stillness and fresh spring air onsite at our new property!

It has been such a privilege to serve with our board and church leadership this year. I just want to say thank you all for your trust and encouragement, and for being the wonderful people that make our church community all it is throughout the year.


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