Rev Janet Maykus

Interim Minister Janet Maykus

This month brought with it so much joy. On one Sunday we welcomed Phil Conard as our newest member and celebrated the 90th anniversary of our beautiful building. I hope you will take the opportunity to get to know Phil. He is a man of many skills and talents, with a wonderful sense of humor and abiding faith. I am thrilled that he made the commitment to join our congregation.

Somehow the year has flown, and the season of Advent is upon us. The seasons of the church remind of us life. There is time for thanksgiving, reverence, joy, lamentation, penitence, and anticipation. Advent is a time of reflection and anticipation. We will contemplate, love, joy, hope, and peace during this season of Advent. Where do we find these in our lives? How do we help others to find them? How do we find these elements of life even in the midst of chaos and trying or painful times?

During December we will gather via Zoom or, if you’d like, here at the church at 7:30 Wednesday the 4th, then Tuesday the 10th and the 17th to discuss Fredrick Buechner’s book The Remarkable Ordinary, How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life. If you’d like a book, please let me know and we will make certain you get one.

We have wonderful opportunities to share with our neighbors this season of gift giving. Through our Reverse Advent Calendar we are collecting a variety of nonperishable items. We are supporting three refugee families being served by Posada Esperanza. We are collecting toys and diapers for the children.

I pray that this first season of the church year will be one that fortifies and prepares us for the year to come. Let us open our hearts to hearing the voice of God in all our lives.