Another summer is in the rear-view mirror. We hope the season brought you joy and reflection.
The breadth of happenings in and around ACC are true sources of pride. Over the summer, the Connections series of dinner parties happily continued. In June, those in attendance from the community and ACC shared a delicious meal while discussing forgiveness. In July, the topic involved all those ‘pendences,’ including independence, codependence and interdependence. And in August, the topic was lies (from little ones to whoppers) and how they affect our lives. It’s wonderful to see community involvement in this way, discussing real-life topics while sharing fabulous dinners. We look forward to continued success with Connections.
On Father’s Day, we celebrated the men of our church with Wacky Tie Day – a fun time that put smiles on a lot of faces. It was the perfect follow-up to Ladies’ Hat Day on Mother’s Day.
In mid-July, we dedicated a Sunday service to singing hymns. It was a spirited celebration, as individuals called out their favorites to be sung – with some folks providing a little background on why their selection was personally meaningful. Also in July, Karen Landry filled in one Sunday for Pastor Jim while he was on a well-deserved vacation.
In late August, in celebration of our pets, we held a blessing of the animals in our beautiful outdoor sanctuary. The entire community was welcome, and of course, their pets were the focal point. It was a special opportunity, led by Pastor Jim and Karen Landry, to thank God for giving us the gift of animals, as they continually enrich our lives in so many ways.
Looking forward, we deacons remain proud to continue promoting the spiritual life of the congregation. Please feel free to bring to our attention a particular need you may have for a friend, loved one, or even yourself. We’re always here to help with visits or outreach such as cards, phone calls, or other forms of support. We can also reach out to someone anonymously, if desired.
Behind the scenes, we’re continuing our video chat series with congregants. We’ve spoken with nearly 50 church goers already and hope to speak with many more. One of our ultimate goals is to promote portions of the interviews on our website.
Finally, we have a little news about our team. Sue Goodman has stepped down from being an active deacon. Gloria Dodge has taken her place – welcome back, Gloria! We are absolutely delighted that she is an active deacon again. We wish Sue and Jay Goodman all the best in their relocation. But we will also, thankfully, continue to see them in church.
As we approach fall, a nice scripture to keep in mind is this very famous one: “There is a time for everything, and a season for activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
In joyful service, Shirley Reed, Vikki Quick, Joe Churchman, Gloria Dodge, Jeanne Elliott, Dorothy Graaskamp, Mark Miller, Mike Shaw and Dina Williams
Note: If you’re not yet a church member and would like information to become one, please talk to any deacon, or contact Shirley Reed at 603-362-5752 or Shirley Orio at 603-362-5519.