Looking Back to Look Forward
It is one of my spiritual disciplines to look back over the year and give thanks to God for the highlights in my life. It is now becoming my discipline to do the same for Weedsport Presbyterian Church. To go through the previous year and glean its highlights, with an eye directed towards our future. There are many highlights and I will give a little commentary about each bullet point.
*Interviews. This idea of interviewing members came to me a few years driving back from a prayer retreat. I have continued this idea in 2018, interviewing Barb Gray, Sandi Kreplin, and in a bit of a different format Bill Smith. I like the interview because we get a glimpse into our friend's faith story. Don't be surprised if you come some Sunday and another person will be interviewed.
*Our church co-hosted an Inter-Faith Dialogue with Sennett-Federated. We had a nice turn out and it was very informative and uplifting to those of us who attended, to see a loving, respectful friendship between a Christian pastor, Muslim Imam and a Jewish Rabbi.
*We had two Memorial Services in our church this year. I will confess, I prefer doing a funeral in our church, because, if it was for a church member, the church was their spiritual home. So, it was a joy to celebrate Vic Sine and Margaret Walker's lives in our church.
*Financial Peace University. Laura Granger led a nine week Dave Ramsey class regarding how to “live like no one else so they can give like no one else.” It was an informative experience for those of us who attended.
*Community Outreaches like our Turkey Dinner, the Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School luncheons at Westshore and events at Evergreen. It is a great way to interact with folks in our community.
*We enjoyed Ecumenical services during Lent and Christmas.
* The church hosted three weddings this year. It was a joy to officiate those weddings.
*We all were so proud of David Seitz representing our church for the area youth Work Camp.
* We had many fun youth group activities, like going to Ithaca to see the waterfalls, and in the fall walking thru a corn maze, and hosting a fun Charlie Brown Christmas party at the church.
*Christmas Tea. The youth weren't the only ones to have fun. Some ladies got together for tasty treats and tea as well as making pretty Christmas arrangements. My guess is this event will become a Christmas tradition.
*New Members class. It was my privilege to meet with Kim and Don, David and Summer to prepare them for church membership. A true highlight of the year.
*Ubuntu! If you were at church during the fall, you will recognize that African term!
Looking ahead to 2019
Ubuntu was a concept I started chewing on last spring. In September, that concept became a sermon series, based on stories that gave us a greater understanding of this broad term of family, belonging, and
hospitality. You have not heard the last on this topic of Ubuntu.
In 2019 I am looking forward to building stronger relationships within our community in partnership with Summer David, our new Youth and Family Coordinator. Our hope is that we will have more fellowship opportunities (both young and old) which will in turn draw us closer to one another.
Mary Anderson, Pastor