January 12, 2024 – Human Relations Sunday, Chili and Chowder, Merger Conversation and more!

Greetings parish,
God’s grace be with you! We seem to be fitting things in around the storm schedule this January, but that is certainly not unusual for this time of year. This Sunday (January 14), following 10:30 am worship, we invite you to an all-church chowder/chili luncheon. As it finishes (approximately 12:30 pm), we will return to the sanctuary for a brief presentation on updates related to the vital merger. This will be both in person and on zoom, and, after a facilitated conversation with questions and answers, we will take a second straw poll vote to gauge the parish’s disposition toward the vital merger at this time.
Worship services will focus on Psalm 139, human identity in the Creator’s design. It is also Human Relations Sunday, and there will be an offering envelope for free-will donations to this denominational giving opportunity. The Gethsemane stained-glass window has been removed from the front of Calvary UMC for cleaning purposes and preparation for installation at UMCA. Please mark on your calendars the Saturday church supper (1/20, 5 pm, UMCA). The Park Avenue Pickers will be performing, so you may wish to arrive early.
Bless you,
Pastor Steve Bascom