Pastor's Note
A word from Reverend, Mark Buenafe, Senior Pastor

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Mark Your Distance

Happy New Year 2022!
This is a unique time of year as it is a time where I look back at all the experiences, blessings and challenges of the last year. While this is briefly described in our Christmas greetings letter, other memories come to mind. Thank God for going back to in-person services, having COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters available, developing the Kairos weekly newsletter, experiencing a little of TGIF and joining 3 parades in 2021. I also discovered the delight in eating the seasonal 2-handed, engaging fruit known as pomegranates.

This is also a unique time of year because, as Christians, we continue to celebrate Christmas. This is extended into the new year because of Epiphany on January 6. This is known as the 12th day of Christmas that celebrates the visit of the wise men. So some Christmas songs will still be heard and sung and stories of the baby Jesus will still be shared, at least for the early part of 2022.

This in-between time of remembering also forms the basis of looking forward with new resolve (resolutions), as we enter the New Year. I confess being kinder to myself in not making so many personal demands and expectations as in years past. Instead, thinking and being more realistic in attaining specific and sustainable goals. My personal theme this 2022 is
Planned Reactions – how to constructively respond to a variety of anticipated and unexpected life situations.

One of the most encouraging "last Sunday" experiences actually happened at the end of worship when we sang our Choral Benediction.

I am aware that the pre-pandemic ending of worship time was forming a circle and holding hands as we concluded the singing. I noticed this with (same household) couples and families who did this in spotted places in the sanctuary.

From the pulpit's point of view, I saw the ushers and the A-V techs raising their hands when 'bless and keep you together' ended our worship.

It would be wonderful to have hope of refreshing this ministry, and various others, as we do ministry into 2022.  I look forward to more Flock ministries and being introduced to other unique ministries like Fun and Fellowship. Lord willing, as we continue to integrate pandemic precautions and be mindful of Jesus' return as part of our lives, we can truly experience
God doing immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.

Looking forward to being in ministry with and for you in 2022 and beyond.

Rejoice, be grate-full, continue to give kindness, share God's Love and Hope.

We go the distance with God always with us.

Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine according to His power at work in
us. To God be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. AMEN.
(Ephesians 3:20-21)

By God's grace,
Pastor Mark

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