Welcome to 2022!Hopefully, everyone had a very Merry Christmas celebrating with friends, family, and with our church family as well. It was wonderful to see so many people at the Christmas Eve service. I think we had 78 people at 7:00 PM, while only ten ventured out for the 11:00 PM service.
My wish for everyone is to stay safe and healthy as we move into the New Year. We have so much to be thankful for. We have met the challenges of the last two years. Although we still struggle to work our way through Covid19, our church remains open, and our people are safe and healthy. We can be so very thankful that we have not lost any church members to this Pandemic.
While all this was taking place, the Search Committee completed securing a Settled Pastor.We welcomed Pastor Norman and his wife Sarah to our congregation on November 1, 2021. As we work together to welcome them, please reach out and take the opportunity to introduce yourself and make them feel part of our church family. It can be a challenging time to move to a new community, meet new people, build relationships within a new congregation, all while trying to learn how to conduct the business of a new church. Pastor Norman is usually in the office most days and can also be reached by calling the church if you need to schedule an appointment to see him. We continue to ask for God's guidance and support as we both work together throughout this coming year.
Looking ahead to other activities, Faith Fellowship continues to be very active. The next scheduled meeting is Sunday, January 16, right after worship, I hope to see you all there.Also, there will be a lasagna dinner on January 15, take-out only, held from 4 to 6:00 pm. Please look for information and sign-up sheets to help out.. On January 23, the Youth Group has scheduled an all church family outing for ice skating at the Rose Garden Ice Arena in Norwich. Skating will take place from 1:40 to 3:30 pm. Please come and support our young people, you don't have to skate, just come and join in the fun. On February 6, they have also planned an all-church family trip to the Worcester Art Museum. Sounds like a great day.
In February, the Red Cross will again be here on the 9th from 11:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are able to donate it would be greatly appreciated as there is a big need at this time. On February 12, Fire and Ice will again take place throughout the town. Our church will host the cake competition held in the chapel, the fire pit, and hot chocolate will be on the front lawn, children's crafts with Angela Stringer will be in the conference room, and new this year there will be a Luncheon held in the dining room with chili, soup, hotdogs, cornbread, etc. More information and sign-up sheets to follow.
On another note, it has come to our attention that several times during the week, the doors of the church have been found unlockedPlease, if you are coming in for any reason, double-check that the doors are locked and tightly secured before you leave.
We encourage you to participate in the life of our church in whatever way you can; join us in worship, sign up to read, be a greeter or usher, help and or donate in FF activities, and reach out and support our youth. Your church needs you.
We prayerfully look forward to a more healthy, safe, and productive New Year. Blessings,
Audrey Lombardi Moderator