Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

Is it hot enough for you, yet? “You” being those folks who thought it was too cold last winter. ‘Cause it’s plenty warm enough now! Mowed the yard today and had to take a shower in cold water to cool down.

Lately, the church has been experiencing a time of ups and downs in its life. In May we closed our preschool after more than three decades of service to the community. Staffed almost entirely by members of the congregation, it was a powerful and positive ministry to the families of the children who came here to prepare for kindergarten.

On Monday we celebrated the 46th anniversary of the hiring of Mary Catherine Selby as the church secretary. She became the first full-time employee other than the minister at this church. Her duties have expanded and her title has changed over the years until we know her as the Minister’s Administrative Assistant today. What hasn’t changed over the years is her dedication to her position and her commitment to the congregation. I have been fortunate to work with her for these past 24 years and look forward to the years ahead. Thank you, Mary Catherine.

Also last week, the Personnel Committee received a letter of resignation from Marlon Cummings as custodian of the church. Marlon has given a decade of service to the church and we appreciate his always having been ready to answer the call in an emergency. We have contracted with Samantha Pierie to provide basic custodial services while we explore the various options open to us at this time. We will consider commercial cleaning companies as well as individuals who might be interested in the position.

In the meantime, we will continue to do what we do; worship, fellowship, ministry and mission. We will gather around the table, meet in groups to discern meaning and direction from God’s words, share meals together, visit the sick and the incarcerated, recycle an abundance of materials and items, and seek to find new mission opportunities in our neighborhood, around the metropolitan area, and beyond.