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From the Clerk of Session

Sharing Our Time and Talents

Trusting God and ministering to all people as Christ teaches us in the Gospel.

Christ came to us at Christmas to open our eyes, our ears, our hearts, our minds and our hands to the Good News that God has chosen us and called us by name. As we begin the New Year, let us all remember to. . .
    Open our eyes to see one another as brothers and sisters in Christ;
    open our ears to hear one anotherís stories and concerns;
    open our hearts to feel one anotherís hopes and dreams and fears;
    open our minds to respect one anotherís opinions and feelings;
    open our hands to serve one another in the name of Jesus Christ.

During the stewardship campaign we focused on the monetary gifts we will make so the church can do its work. Now we have the opportunity to focus on the time and talents we have to share with the church family. There are opportunities to serve at the church such as setting tables for a dinner, singing in the choir, working in the Food Pantry or Thrift Shop, joining the book club, weeding the garden, ushering at worship services. There are also opportunities to serve at home such as baking cookies for church events, becoming part of a prayer chain, keeping in touch with fellow members via e-mail or telephone, knitting or crocheting hats/scarves/mittens for those who come to the Food Pantry, making cards/writing letters to our service men and women. God has blessed this church family with many talents. Let us commit ourselves this year to sharing our talents with one another and with our community so that all who see us will know that we are doing Godís work. In the words of the old hymn Ė ďTake Thou ourselves, O Lord, heart, mind and will. Through our surrendered souls Thy plans fulfill. We yield ourselves to Thee - time, talents, all. We hear, and henceforth heed, Thy sovereign call.Ē

Grace and Peace.

See you in church!
Ethelyn L. Fulton, Clerk of Session

Past messages from the Clerk of Session:
December 2010: Travel Guide
May 2010: God's Cake
January 2010: The Work of Christmas
December 2009: A Poem
November 2009: All Saints Day
October 2009: What do you do when your name is called?
September 2009: Numbers
June 2009: Summertime
April 2009: Holy Week
March 2009: Lent: Reflections on Serving God's People
February 2009: February - A Time of Love
January 2009: Greetings for the New Year
December 2008: Christmas
November 2008: A Prayer of Thanksgiving
October 2008: Patient Trust in Ourselves and in the Slow Work of God
September 2008: ABCs for a New Program Year

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