First things first… I want to thank those of you who sent me gifts and cards this Christmas season. They meant so much to me. I appreciate them more than words can even express. I continue to feel honored to be your pastor.
As you read this, I am on vacation. Probably right about now I am already settled into the Airbnb tiny house on a lake in Texas: just my husband, myself and my mom’s dog. Mom is spending a week with my brother. He said he couldn’t take the dog this time since he already has one dog in the house. We understand this perfectly. We decided to take Dusty with us instead of boarding him for two weeks. He really is a precious little half blind, fully deaf, thirteen-year-old cocker spaniel who follows me everyplace I go. I think he is going to enjoy his time on vacation with us.
Now onto other things…
Ecclesiastes 3 begins with the following: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Following that is a series of things that there is a season for in our lives. Each of those things require change. Change can be difficult. I have always been told that you should never change just for the sake of change. There must be a purpose behind the change that is being made. I believe that it is time for a season of change, not for the sake of change, but for us to be better stewards of the gifts that God has given to us.
Beginning in January, we will be changing something that may be difficult for some to understand, but it is a cost-effective change. Our current bulletins are quite costly. They are printed on ledger-sized paper, which happens to be the most expensive of papers we purchase. Then, on Sunday, most of the bulletins that have been used are left behind, even though they contain the prayer list and the happenings for the week. This is a huge waste of resources, so after consultation with leadership, we will be making a change.
We will still have an order of worship for each service, but it will be condensed. That will be on the front side of ½ of a legal-size piece of paper. On the back of each will be the current prayer list, as well as any changes in our calendar. We will print a monthly calendar of events plus more in-depth information on the back of the calendar. These will be available at the information shelf outside of the office.
During the coming months we will be looking at other ways in which we can be better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. We are not changing for the sake of change, but in order to better care for our resources and God’s world. May we all take care of God’s world in the best way we can, using God’s resources as best we can.