every creature's a'stirring...
know what I mean?
I'll keep it short and sweet. There's two things I need to do in this newsletter post: (1) Offer thanks to you all for the how wonderful you've been to my family and me this year; and (2) Give you a heads up about our upcoming meeting of the congregation on January 8, 2017.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! There are no words, folks, that begin to describe how wonderful you've been to us this year. "Thank you" will have to do, but it won't. The Christmas Drop-in (which turned into a pounding for us) was such a surprise! Thanks to every one for the wonderful gifts. They are most undeserved but absolutely appreciated more than you know. We are so happy to have found a home here, and we look forward to many many years to come.
On a different note, this is the first week of a two-week notice (actually three, if you count the week of) for our annual meeting of the congregation. The purpose of that meeting is
- Hold an annual meeting of the congregation,
- Vote on revisions to church bylaws,
- Present the approved 2017 budget,
- Vote on the Pastor's (my) Terms of Call for 2017, and
- Hold an annual meeting of the corporation.
Our church bylaws have not been updated since 2014, so the session combed through and revised the bylaws to better reflect a faithful Presbyterian (U.S.A.) congregation. Session also revised the Manual of Administrative Operations, which also hasn't been updated at least since 2014. If you would like to review the revisions, please visit www.newkirkpres.com/connected-church.html. Both the 2014 version and the revised version are available there. Session already voted and revised the Manual of Operations. However, only a majority vote from the active members of the congregation revise bylaws. That's what #2 above is all about.
The rest of the items are typical business for our annual meeting of the congregation. However, January 8, 2017, is going to be a fantastic day in worship. Our new elders, Don McPherson, Judy Murphy, Anastasia Singh, and Bill Mowery, all will be both ordained and installed during worship. Appropriately, it's Baptism of the Lord Sunday that day. A start to their ministry at NKP happens on the day we focus on the start of Christ's ministry on earth.
Okay. Enough typing. There're things to do and just not enough time to do them. Come on out Saturday, 5 P.M., to our Christmas Eve Worship Service. There'll be Christmas prayers, Christmas carols and hymns, Christmas scripture, and we'll focus on the joy of being a church family at New Kirk Presbyterian as YOU will be leading in various ways in worship. We'll end the service with a Candlelight Service.
Also, there'll be a gathering of scripture, prayer, and singing on Christmas morning, led by H.H. and Nancy Underwood for those who will be in town.
Whether you spend the holidays with New Kirk Presbyterian or elsewhere, we wish you a merry Christmas!