The United Way will hold its annual Back to School Fair on August 6th at Oshkosh North High. According to their press release, the committee organizing this event aims to serve over 1000 families, so the need is real.
The United Way is requesting that we hold a "Christmas in July" event starting June 20th. They would like donations of clothing and cash:
- Hygiene supplies
- Gift cards
The committee will supply us with gift tags for the Christmas tree. Look for them soon.
Neighbors in Need is a special mission offering of the entire UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministries. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. This year's NIN campaign focuses on Native Americans and their struggles to control their own land.
We will take up the NIN collection on October 11th. If you want to learn more, go to: http://ucc.org/nin.
From the moment I met you, I loved you. I knew this is where I belonged, and what I was meant to do.
So I have very mixed emotions about this announcement: I have been called as the settled pastor of St. Paul's UCC, Malone, pending only a vote by that congregation on December 6th. My last day will be January 17th.
As of press time, we're not certain about who will come after me. Jane Anderson, our Association Minister, thinks another interim would be best. Whoever it is will provide you with excellent care, I'm sure.
I am deeply grateful for your love and support over the last year and a half. I leave Bethany impressed with your warmth and hospitality, perhaps carrying an extra pound or two from Sunday morning coffee hours. People keep telling me that I'm a good pastor, but the truth is that you're a good church, and your next pastor, whoever that is, will be lucky to have you.
"God has yet more truth and light to show," the Congregationalists are fond of saying. That is quite true, and doubly so of this place. God does have more truth and light to show through you. Your future will be bright, with God's blessing and Christ's help. I love you all very much and will be sad to leave, but there will be another to love you, and hopefully much better.
In the meantime, there is more faith and fun to be had in the next two months. I look forward to another Advent and Christmas with you, and we'll let January worry about itself. Be assured that I will carry the memory of your affection with me wherever I go.
Pastor Dan +