A word from Reverend, Dr. Allison Byerley, Senior Pastor
It's hard to believe that it is November already! Thanksgiving is around the corner. The trees are brilliant yellows and reds, and pumpkins are stacked outside Pioneer Market. Another sign of November is our annual Charge Conference, which is scheduled for Sunday, November 18th, in Joe Kidd Hall after worship. Rev. Fel Cao, who will also be preaching that Sunday, will preside as the representative for our District Superintendent Debra Brady.
This year we will face some big decisions and we will make this a Church Conference, meaning every professing member who attends will have a vote. Our main concern will be setting the direction for the church over the course of 2019 and several years into the future. We will present the vision statement and core values developed by the vision team and reviewed by the Council on Ministries and A Team, and we will hear a recommendation from the Staff Parish Relations Committee regarding ongoing pastoral support.
These are important decisions for our church as we seek to be a missional outpost for the kingdom of God in Mariposa. I urge all members to plan to stay that day. We will have a potluck lunch that day, and I have heard that Patrick McCarthy plans to roast a turkey!
This is truly an opportunity to say thank you to God for all God has done among us. Along with looking to the future, we also celebrate what God is doing. And we have a lot to celebrate. Both Camp Win Johnson and TGIF have seen increased attendance and are making disciples among the young. Our homeless ministry is alive again and we are collaborating with others in the community to help find short- and long-term solutions. Our Fun and Fellowship events have helped us connect with folks we may not know well and continue to inspire new ways to fellowship together. (Put November 11th on your calendar for the next Fun and Fellowship sign-up.) We started a new music ministry, the Redeeming Hearts Praise Band, and had to ask the Fix-It Team to build a platform to give the Open Hearts Bluegrass Band more room!
Keep our ministries and our future in your prayers, and give God the praise for all that God is doing among us.