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  • Happy New Year!

    Wishing a very happy new year to you all.  I hope that your Christmas season was filled with family or friends, and special moments reflecting on the birth of Jesus Christ.  Do you ever have a feeling that the Christmas season ends abruptly?  I occasionally feel that very thing, with the Advent season and the buildup to Christmas, that it’s suddenly all over on the 26th of December.  The church season helps me avoid that feeling though, as we stay in the ‘season’ of Christmas for two Sundays after Christmas Day.  More time to sing songs about the arrival of Jesus in Bethlehem and in our hearts.

    Please come and join us for our congregational meeting on the evening of Sunday, January 26th (a potluck dinner at 4:30 p.m.).  We will be celebrating and highlighting events from 2019, and we will present the 2020 church budget to you.  We’re doing something new this year that is called a ‘narrative budget’.  Normally our annual budget is presented with dozens and dozens of line items for various expenditures.  We’ll still have that available, but our narrative budget will attempt to tell a bit of a story about what those dollars do—how they are used for worship, pastoral care, Christian education, etc.

    I’d also like to introduce you to a new group that I’ve created to help me with some church activities.  It’s called the Generosity Team, and they’re helping with ideas such as our Narrative Budget that I mentioned above, facilitating better connection between pastors and the congregation, and coordinating with church members (you!) to share your personal stories of how you are connected to FPC Logan, and why that connection is important to you.  If you would like to share your story in some way, please contact me and I will pass that along to the Generosity Team.  The members of the Generosity Team are Chris Hult, Cathy Bullock, Norb DeByle, Nancy Williams, Pastor Meg and me.

    I’m also introducing a few new activities in 2020.  The first is a series of gatherings called Dialogue and Dessert.  Throughout the year I’ll be inviting you to my home for dessert, so that you have the opportunity to fellowship together, talk about church happenings, and share things with your pastor(s).  I would love to hear what brings you great joy at FPC Logan, and also any questions or concerns that you might have.  It’s going to take a while to get to everyone, but I’ll be sending out invitations for about 12-15 people each month.  I hope that you can join me for some dialogue and dessert in 2020.

    The second new activity is a prayer activity that Session will be undertaking each month.  Your Deacons continue to maintain a prayer list and regularly pray for specific situations, but this is an effort for your Elders to also pray for you by name.  Each month I will mail a letter out to a different portion of the congregation and invite you to share your prayer requests with Session.  If you do not respond with a specific concern, please know that your Elders will be praying for you by name.  Over the course of the year we’ll make sure everyone gets such an invitation.

    And finally, a reminder about some changes with our Pulse Newsletter distribution.  This month is the first time we’re changing our distribution methods.  Instead of mailing the newsletter to everyone, we are printing copies to be picked up at church, emailing PDF versions to everyone who wishes to receive a copy, and also sending some copies (but far fewer) via mail. If you are reading this, clearly, you’ve gotten your hands on a copy of the Pulse!  If you are dissatisfied with how you did receive the Pulse this month, please contact me or Pam in the office and we will make a note of your concern and see what we can change for future months.

    Peace be with you all.  Derek

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