Dear Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Season and New Years Celebration! At the end of our 6pm Christmas Eve Worship I stood at the back of our sanctuary and just listened to the singing voices and watched the light of our candles.  I was overwhelmed with the beauty of all our candles raised together.  The light really does break through the darkness! I am grateful for the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

The staff and I met yesterday for an extended staff meeting to begin preparations for a new year of ministry. I am grateful for such a dedicated group who loves this Church and the ministry they are called to serve in.  We talked about what we see as our strengths as a community, our hopes, and even our challenges as a community of faith.

The search will soon begin for an Associate Minister of Children and Youth.  Paige Warren has assembled a wonderful search committee and we have a job description for this position and a vision for how this minister can build upon our growing Children and Youth Ministry. Our Committee Chairs will soon be meeting as a Cabinet to share ideas and make plans for another year of ministry. I am excited about where God will take us in this new year!

For the next six Sundays I’m calling my preaching series, “This little light of mine.” Epiphany is the Christian Season of light. It is a time to reflect on what it means that the light of the world, Jesus Christ has come to us.  What does it mean to be the light of Christ in the world? How can we grow as Disciples in our walk with Christ? I look forward to exploring these questions and more!

Finally, I want to express my thanks for all the wonderful Christmas gifts and cards. Your generosity, kindness, and prayers have overwhelmed me. Thank you.

Glad to be in ministry with you!      Peace,   Kara