In observing the overflowing church this past weekend, I had two conflicting thoughts. First, we lost a dear member and our congregation is once again incrementally diminished. At the same time, we sure know how to accommodate a crowd and draw strength from both our collective remembrance and from each other. What if we are able to draw strength from Sue McCoy's passing and galvanize ourselves to truly reach out to our community and attract new members? What a legacy that would be!
Starting right after the Fourth of July dust settles, I would like to initiate a church-wide effort to do exactly that. Led by the Board of Trustees and the Deacons, and embracing the energy and ideas of everyone, let’s develop a specific plan, split up the work and hold ourselves accountable. Pastor Jim is our ace in the hole once we extend invitations and generate interest, but we should not be relying on him to do our advance legwork. That is our responsibility. Our plan should leverage our knowledge and relationships in the community, capture our resurgent music program and be aimed at responding to the needs of both new and current residents who are looking for meaning, purpose, and fellowship in this vital chapter of their lives. If you have any ideas about jump-starting this effort, please let me know. Here we go.