From Your President – January

Modified on: January 3, 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

We enter the New Year with church activities in full swing.
The Wilde Hall kitchen project is progressing; physical work has begun with a wall cutout for a pass-through window, sealing the outer walls against moisture, and modifying the drains under the floor to accommodate the sink and dishwater. Once the city approves the engineering drawings, the purchase of major appliances and services will commence. A recent $10,000 gift to the Wilde Hall Development Fund means that the kitchen is now fully funded, including the unexpected expense of an electric power upgrade. Although the upgrade requirement was unwelcomed, the good news is that it will provide the electric capacity required for our future elevator.

This fall we have had many members enduring hardship and illness, and we have suffered two recent deaths of long-time members. It is some compensation witnessing what an incredibly dedicated Pastoral Care group we have, providing loving support and companionship to those facing these extreme challenges.

January will bring two different congregational gatherings. The Bright New Beginnings potluck dinner is a wonderful social event to brighten the dark winter days, and it provides an opportunity to give recognition to various members and friends who work in the background to keep our church functioning. Later in the month, we will have a Pledge Kickoff social event to celebrate our bounty and start building the financial support which will fuel our work in the next church year (which begins in July). The theme this year is Living Our Mission, and I look forward to discussions of its meaning.

And please join our Social Justice Council on Martin Luther King Day for a service project at church. Last year we had a great time working together preparing hundreds of personal hygiene kits to be provided to homeless people in our community. This is a great activity for including older children and youth.

In love and peace,

Fred Stoll

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