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4/18/24: Pride Flags

We have had quite a lot of conversation about Pride Flags of late. One thing everyone agrees to is that we should be flying a Pride Flag. It is a symbol that we are Open & Affirming, a safe and welcoming space for everyone. While Pride was originally acceptance of gays, it has become so »

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4/11/24 This Week and more

Sunday is our Quarterly Meeting. As the name suggests, we have these every 3 months. There will be no business to vote on this time, but there will be announcements about what is up and coming. We are still not settled on the issue of the Pride flag. All agree that flying this flag is »

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4/4/24 Post Easter

I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate our Holy Week. From Palm Sunday’s parade around the Sanctuary to Good Friday’s music to Easter Sunday’s dance and drama: it was all quite amazing. There were so many participants—and each was so appreciated. I dare not try and thank them all, for fear of »

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3/28/24 Tatarenko’s

We recently learned that the Tatarenko’s are being allowed to renew their Visa for 2 more years when it expires this August, 2024. Council speaks with one voice when we say how happy we are to be able to support this family. Sergei is now working full time in Medford. He has been able to »

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3/21/24 Leadership Retreat—Save the Date

Fred will be leading us, our new and retiring leaders and aspiring leaders, to inspire and encourage our thinking about who we want to become as a church as we seek our settled pastor. Through creating our stories (understanding who we are and why we are), he will help us improve our connections (remember, its »

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3/14/24 Breeze

Breeze is our Church Management System. It is how the office keeps track of so many things—like people (you!), groups of people, calendar, pledging, giving, communication, and more. If you are reading this blog, you likely got here from the eWeekly which was sent to a “group of people” interested in receiving communications—so you are »

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2/29/24 Such Generosity

Comments that I have heard about last Saturday’s Talent Show mirror my own. It was a fantastic First Annual! So much talent—varied—fun—inspiring—you get the point! If you missed it, you will want to be sure to go next year! Thank you to organizers, Linda Bailey and Kathleen King and the Parish Ministry Team. There were »

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2/22/24 Pew Chairs + Nominating Committee

So far we have received over $5,000 for the Pew Chairs, which cost $9,939. If you haven’t already bought the place for your derriere in church, please consider. A chair cost $75 and a few generous donors have brought that price way down. Consider $50 or even $25 or buy 10 chairs for $750!! You »

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2/15/24 Pew Chairs

It is important to know that the pews have been discussed for some time. Multiple people with knowledge of wooden things have said our pews are not antiques or in any way precious or salvageable. They have been repaired and repaired again over the past 20 years of their life with us and have become »

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2/1/24 Quarterly Meeting

The Quarterly meeting packet contained reports from Fred and me, as well as the prior meeting’s minutes and a summary financial report, showing really strong result. Fred’s report includes his goals for the coming year. Becky Martin, Carry Bailey, and I met with Fred in lieu of a performance review. We had well established Fred’s »

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