The Nominating Committee is currently working to fill the 15 or so church board slots for new terms that begin in January and we can use your help. If you know someone at church that you think would be a good candidate, please let us know. Also, self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. If you have served before and are ready to do so again, or never have but are interested, please contact David Gillies at firstname.lastname@example.org or Miriam Dewhurst at Miriam.Dewhurst@gmail.com. Your help is greatly appreciated, as it will help ensure we have effective lay leadership in the years ahead.
Thanks – David Gillies
This month, when we focus not only on giving thanks, but also on the saints who now from their labors rest, I invite you to remember and give thanks for those saints who helped to shape you as a person of faith. Name the gifts they brought, the ministries in which they engaged. Thank God for those saints.
The saints have shown us that generous living is about approaching each day with an open heart, an open mind and an open hand. I believe that God uses the church to equip us for our ministries in the world, legacies that will influence godly lives of generations coming behind us. Think of the past, look to the present and dream of the future. Determine what you can do today to live more generously and to make a difference in the future for our church family and community. In everything, give thanks. Live in gratitude, for gratitude strengthens our character and moral resolve. By the grace of God, we will be filled with hope as we do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.
Each of us is invited to the Table today to join with angels and archangels and the company of Heaven–the saints–to sing the Sanctus, the Holy, Holy, Holy. It is an awesome thought that those who have gone before will be singing with us today. I would hope that during this time the distance between heaven and earth might collapse, allowing you a glorious glimpse of the divine. There is a place for you at the table.
Every fall when I start thinking about my pledge for the next year, I usually think about all the big things that New York Avenue does. Our big ministries that meet on a weekly basis like the Radcliffe Room and Community Club, Sunday School for all ages, and more Bible Studies and small groups to join that I can even name. I think back on growing up at a Presbyterian Church in North Carolina and remember my mom teaching me how important it is to give as a spiritual practice.
This year I have been reminded of the not so big things that our community provides for each other, that often go unnoticed. Spontaneous offers of help, unnecessary but appreciated thank yous, meals for both joyful times and sad. I have also been thinking about all of the things I want New York Avenue to accomplish, like a well attended regularly meeting youth group, a successful partnership with the BID, the ability to plug in visitors and new members to the right groups for them, and that everyone who wishes to go visit our international partners in Kenya and Cuba will have the chance to do so.
All of these things are supported by your time volunteering as part of this community. And many of them are supported by our pledges and gifts throughout the year. Today on All Saints’ Sunday, remember that Pledging is a way to honor and continue the legacy of those we remember today.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to pledge, I hope you will remember the little things that you love about New York Avenue in deciding how much you pledge this coming year.