Together we have been in a two-year process of finding out who we are and whom we shall serve. Together we have
worked hard at articulating and claiming our four congregational values of Worshiping, Welcoming, Growing and Serving. Over the past nine months we together set out to find more clarity on whom it is we are called to serve and found laser focus on Serving the children who are adversely affected by the injustices of Hunger and Housing insecurity. I think it is correct to say that 2015-2016 was a Year of Serving.

Now, for the year of 2016-2017, I believe we are being called into a Year of Growing: Growing not larger in numbers
per se, but instead Growing deeper in our faith, Growing deeper into relationship with each other, Growing deeper into our communities, while we continue Growing deeper into our sense of Serving in the world.

In 2017-2018, I believe we are being called into a Year of Welcoming: learning how to extend the welcome to those
who are not a part of our faith community while providing a culture of Welcoming hospitality to everyone who is present amongst us. Welcoming all is connected to our Growing deeper into relationships and together Serving God’s world.

In 2018-2019, I believe we are being called into a Year of Worshiping: discovering the ways that we are already people Worshiping beyond just Sunday and connecting Sunday to all the other days of the week. By then, I pray we all are able to articulate the many ways that Serving God’s people by Growing deeper relationships through providing a rich sense of Welcoming as we go out Serving the world is our way of Worshiping the resurrected Christ.
Hopefully, by the year 2020 we will much more clearly ‘see’ whose we are and who we are, with whom and who we
serve, and the One we worship. If so, then perhaps the year 2020 should be referred to as our Year of Vision. Who
knows, perhaps we’ll have to start writing that year as 20/20.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Mark

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