December 30th, 2011 eNote

Below is my weekly email to the Tonganoxie UMC congregation.  I share it here so that others can keep in touch with what the church is up to.  Let me know if you’d like to be added to the list to receive the note weekly.

Greetings Tonganoxie UMC Family,

I hope that you’re all doing well and have been able to enjoy some of the unseasonably warm weather this week! I spent a couple of hours yesterday morning visiting businesses up and down 4th street on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and there seemed to be a general cheeriness about people that I can only attribute to the beautiful weather! I look forward to enjoying it a bit more today and tomorrow and hope that you are able to as well. I am finishing up my sermon and preparations for Sunday this morning, but I want to share a couple of quick things with you as we prepare to head into another holiday weekend and into 2012.

New Year’s Day Worship – One Service, 10am

This Sunday, January 1st, we will be worshiping together at 10am in the Sanctuary. We will have some extra strong coffee ready to go about 30 minutes before the service if you want to gather and visit before worship. The service will be a casual, yet meaningful opportunity to kick-off 2012. We will celebrate communion and reflect on the reality that God is “Making All Things New.” Please plan to be present for this service of worship!

Church Office Closed for New Year’s

The church office will be closed on Monday, January 2nd, in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will open again at 8am on Tuesday January 3rd.

Introduction to Tonganoxie UMC Class

I am currently working on putting together a brief class that will serve as an introduction to Christianity, to United Methodism, and to our Church. The class is being offered on Sunday afternoon January 29th from 3-5pm in the Chapel. Whether you are a lifelong member of our congregation or are not yet a member, this class will provide a great opportunity for you to learn more about who we are and who we believe God is calling us to be as a congregation. Once you have been involved with one of these classes you are welcome to join the church. However, you are welcome to attend the class and not join the church. More information will be included in the bulletins in the coming weeks, but I wanted to share this with you now so that you might mark your calendars.

I have now been your pastor for just shy of 6 months and it has been an incredible journey thus far! I am so excited to see how God continues to move and guide us in 2012 so that we might continue being (and becoming), “a community of faith inviting all to know God, connecting with each other, growing in our faith, and serving our community and the world.”

If I don’t see you before, I’ll see you next year (and in worship on Sunday)!

Grace and Peace,

Jeff

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