PASTOR MIKE’S MUSINGS
Another year ends, a new one begins. I do like the way we end each year, with holidays and special events. It is as if we are saying, we made it through another year of work and achievement, and now we get to celebrate. I hope your Advent – Christmas – New Years experiences are all rewarding.
Looking ahead to 2016, the Cabinet leadership recently went through a process of discernment to focus on our priorities for ministry in the year ahead. Several areas of passion and concern emerged. Top of the list was a desire to complete the capital campaign to enhance worship, fellowship and ministry space. The Dream Team had been at work for a several years on the campaign when plans were preempted by more pressing needs to secure a tenant for the chapel and find a new director of music. With Common Ground and Tina Peterson, we did well on both accounts. Now it’s time to get back to the capital campaign.
Also high on our priority list is pro- motion of progressive Christianity and our Church of the Foothills in the community. We have something special here that needs to be shared with more people. In- creased exposure also will enhance our prospects for more visitors to our church, and new members.
We are blessed to have a good number of junior and senior high young people participating in our youth program. However, the adult portion of our congregation is aging. I’m not the only one around here with gray hair! Therefore, two of the ministry goals identified by the Cabi- net are to expand youth ministries now, and transform the church to meet the needs of younger generations in the future. To those ends, we are exploring the creation of a special Task force made of youth who are in our church, and young adults who grew up in it, to give us ideas on what can and needs to be done. What an exciting prospect.
All these goals and suggestions will be presented to the church at a specially called Planning Meeting after church on Sunday, January 24. Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in making our church’s future. Come, bring and share your passions and ideas as well. But first, let’s enjoy the holy days.
~ Pastor Mike