Thanks to the hard work of Carolyn Shepard and Marilyn Hunwick, we had a great celebration of our 30 year relationship with the Primera Iglesia Bautista de Corinto, Nicaragua. Thanks to Carolyn, Lois Ville, Lynn Hunwick, Dona Smith-Powers and Melanie Ramirez for sharing memories and reflections. Thanks to Jan and flutist, Diane Sangster, for beautiful music. We shared greetings from Pastor Ricardo Castillo and our friend, Francisco Antonio Flores Mejia who visited us 8 years ago. Francisco is now a physician with a wife and daughter.
At our Quarterly Business Meeting we voted to allocate $2500 of the remaining money from the tithe of our sale of the Annex to the search for water for our camp at Redwood Glen. Currently they are drilling on their land, hoping to find a viable, sustainable source of water for the camp. We also voted to spend up to $25,000 from Lundquist Fund earnings to upgrade our Fellowship Hall. The project will include repairing and refinishing the floor, repairing the stage curtain, painting and improving the lighting.
The Associate Pastor Search Committee announced our candidate for the position. Gregory Stevens just graduated from Claremont School of Theology in southern California. He received outstanding recommendations and references for his hard work and his ability to relate to people, among other desirable qualities. Gregory is a Florida native. There will be more information about him in the August Spire. The candidating weekend is August 22-23. On that weekend we will have an all-church cook-out Saturday evening to meet Gregory informally. On Sunday he will lead the time with children and youth and will preach. Afterward we will hold a business meeting to consider his candidacy. I hope you will all make an extra effort to be present and get to know Gregory as we look to our future as a congregation.
Sunday we will consider some difficult texts, including the little letter to Philemon as we try to understand how the Spirit conspires with us to transform lives. Jesus said we need to be as clever as serpents and gentle as doves if we want to really make a difference in this world. What does it mean for to be Alive in the Spirit of God as we journey through our lives in this world?
Join us at 10:00 AM for worship, followed by Patio Hour. Bring someone along to share the experience with you.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.