Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve You for the Past 3 Years

Lisa Monson-Hokenson

This is my last newsletter article as the President of the Board of Trustees, and I would like to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to serve and for all of your help these past 3 years. There have been/are so many transitions happening here: It has been at times both wonderful and frustrating, occasionally both at the same time, and I am glad to have been a part of it.

I am constantly amazed at the talents represented in our congregation and at the willingness of members to share those talents. Contrary to the belief of some, our church is not run by magic, although it is incredible what can get done when we set our minds to it.

It has been my observation, though, that much of the work is done by a small group of people. The reasons why this is so varies, but I would like to offer a challenge to the whole congregation: What can you do to help?  To exist, to grow, to flourish?  Can you commit to at least one task or event in support of the church each month (even in summer)?

This commitment can come in many forms. Do you serve on a hospitality team? Do you serve on a committee? Can you create a poster for an event? Can you make something to donate to the craft sale? Can you weed a garden? Can you address envelopes?  Are you willing to make meals for members facing a difficult situation? Would you be willing to teach a leadership development class for adults? Would you be an "on-call" helper in the nursery? Can you _______________?  The possibilities for involvement is huge, and not all commitments take massive amounts of time. Some need to be done at church, but some can be done at home.

We are in the process of getting a survey to the congregation asking what your talents are, and what you might be willing to do. PLEASE. If you haven't already done so, take a moment to fill out this survey. The information will be put into an electronic data base that can be tapped when a specific need arises.

But please, don't wait to be asked. Offer to help. Our strength comes from the commitment of our membership and friends.

In Community, Lisa