The New Year has begun after a great December. The birth of the Christ Child reminding us of our need to continue our efforts to bring the words of his birth and his love to everyone in this rapidly developing secular world and also how else we can serve our Lord. We don’t want to forget Christmas Eve with St. John’s choir members joining our choir. How truly we were blessed. With the New Year it reminds us of our commitment to serve the Lord in any way we can, modestly or generously, it is important.

You have all had a chance to look at this year’s budget and ask questions about any concerns you might have. The budget committee has worked along with this year’s pledges/past history to give us their best estimates for the coming year and I applaud them for their work. One of the projects that we need to consider is the memorial garden watering system. Joyce Masterson is heading up this project. We still have concern about the drain systems in the play yards of ACP and will continue to work on this problem.

Our work day for January turned out well. St. John’s participants were very helpful in removing all the Christmas decorations in Kurtz Hall. Amy and her boyfriend, Sam removed the Christmas tree and poinsettias in the church. Also, with the help of about ten volunteers, including parents from ACP, we started spreading the mulch over the new play area that had just been fenced in during the Christmas break by Alex Rubio and his crew. We still have more to do with coverage and will continue this project on the next work day to finish the job. We hope to have more volunteers at the next work day to tackle the painting of the outside trim and doors of Kurtz Hall so mark your calendar for February when Denise sends out the date. Of course, rain dates, like baseball, will be considered as an excuse to not paint.

We have much to look forward to in the coming year and to thank the Lord for all our blessings. “Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Chuck Wilkening