Between the big breakfast, the children’s conversation about our favorite food to eat with a fork, knife and spoon and a sermon that referred to steak, seafood, freshly baked bread and cheesecake, you may have left church yesterday thinking about your next meal.
Pairing the annual meeting with breakfast proved to be good idea (and not just because people tend to be in better moods when sipping on the first cups of coffee in the morning). Both the tone and the content of the meeting were upbeat and encouraging. I am glad that there are as many voices in the chorus of people celebrating the life of SJPC as there are, and I am grateful that we, as a congregation, love God and each other as much as we do.
Thanks to all who offered written and/or verbal reports at yesterday’s meeting. This group includes: Clerk of Session Barbara Hughes, Director of Music Betty Enck, Preschool Director Jane Michaliszyn, Deacon Jim Naber, Spiritual Growth and Fellowship chair Gretchen Pugh, Property and Finance members Mitch Durham and Natalie Grubb and Outreach and Mission co-chair Randy Winter.
Among the highlights of my report (based on the conversations that I had after the meeting) were the announcements made regarding stewardship and the start of more small groups at SJPC.
We give thanks that the amount of money pledged to the 2018 budget is up $75,000 from that which was pledged going into 2017. We are equally grateful that the number of families who pledged more than doubled this year (even though there is still a substantial deficit budgeted for 2018).
Did you notice that one of the biggest laughs at yesterday’s breakfast meeting followed my report of the results of the congregational survey? Nobody in attendance seemed to be surprised that this congregation is hungry for dinner groups (which I happen to believe is as much about your love for each other as it is about your love for food).
Look for an upcoming announcement about an organizational meeting for those of you who are interested in starting dinner groups at the church. Also, be on the lookout for more information about a Bible study series that will be offered as soon as the weather becomes more predictably warm here in sunny central Pennsylvania.
Without food, we become literally lifeless, and when we neglect our spiritual lives, our faith becomes stagnant. I pray that we will always be hungry for both kinds of food and that our neighbors will also find bread for their bellies and drink for their souls here. To God be the glory in Christ’s name forever.