From the Pastor’s Pen

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to break down, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together…
These words reflect a profound observation by the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes, which is that change is inevitable in our lives. Sometimes we welcome change. Other times, maybe much of the time, change is an unappreciated interloper. The implied message of Ecclesiastes is that change, wanted or unwanted, is frequently a necessity for something new to occur.
Our Annual Meeting this year presented this church with two significant changes. One change involved the Yankee Street Fair. After 75 years of being an important part of the life, not only of this congregation, but of the wider community, the realization began to sink in that there would not be a Street Fair, at least not in 2018. Yet, in the wake of that decision, new ideas for raising revenues and connecting with the community around us have begun to arise. Some of them even preserve beloved features of YSF, such as having a Strawberry Shortcake booth at the Cracker Festival and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors event.
The second significant announcement of change in 2018 has been Nancy Sides’ discernment that it was time for her to retire as CE Director. During the 32 years of Nancy’s ministry to the youth of this church she has developed a program that goes beyond education to encompass spiritual formation and disciple-making. Her influence has been felt beyond this congregation through her leadership of CE Communities of Practice and offering of her experiences at the Conference level. As she retires, Nancy leaves a firm foundation for others to build upon in the future.
Sunday, June 24th, will be Nancy’s last day in the position of CE Director. I am pleased that she will be co-leading worship with me that morning as we celebrate together the past works of the Holy Spirit through her ministry, and look forward in hope and anticipation for what God has in store for tomorrow.
I hope you will join us that morning!
Grace and Peace, Pastor Ray