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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  As we enter 2018, I look forward to sharing the year with you.

Already, the year looks full!  While the January calendar seems relatively empty, I know that the United Methodist Women are off to a quick start with circle meetings, the installation of officers at their brunch on the 13th and UMW Sunday on the 28th.  Committee meetings will resume, and our choirs will begin rehearsing again.   (Might be a good time to try out singing in the Chancel Choir!  Rehearsals are from 7:00 - 8:30 on Thursday, and we do have fun!)

February will bring a visit from our Bishop, Grant Hagiya, on the 11th.  That same week we begin a very early Lent with a Community Ash Wednesday at Faith UMC on February 14th.  (Yes, on Valentine's Day!)  Watch for information about this year's Lenten Study in the next newsletter.

We will begin March with the first of four Family Promise Hosting Weeks and end the month with Holy Week.  April begins with Easter, literally.  It's on April Fool's Day this year!

In the midst of all this, our Readiness 360+ Team will be at work.  We have been meeting periodically to get to know each other better and reading a book called DiscipleShift together.  On January 20, we will gather with the other churches in our cohort to learn the next steps in this journey of faith.  I hope and pray that our church will be open to God's leading in this venture.

Feeling overwhelmed?  I am too, so let me offer this New Year's Blessing from Rev.

Steve Garnass-Homes.  It is my prayer as well.

My hope and prayer and confidence

is that in this new year

God will be lovingly present for you,

and you will more and more deeply trust

God's delight in you.

Christ will lead you every step of the new year.

The Spirit's gifts will unfold in you in new ways.

I rejoice that in this new year

beauty will surround you; grace will enfold you;

love will embrace and uphold you.

May you receive healing and wisdom;

may your creativity flower and your courage grow;

and in your hands may justice and mercy flourish.

I rejoice that these gifts await you in the new year,

and pray that you receive them with delight.

I give thanks for the gift of sharing togethr

the journey of the new year.

God bless us all.

Amen and amen.   Pastor Lee

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