As this is being written, Christmas is upon us. We hope it’s been wonderful for you from every vantage point, led by the warmhearted knowledge of how Jesus’ birth was a most extraordinary event. No words can aptly describe it.
We’re on the brink of 2020, entering into a new decade that will be crucial from a health standpoint – not only for us congregants, which is most important no matter the timeframe, but for our church as a whole. Whether God’s call touches you from a monetary and/or service perspective, we look forward to folks stepping up if they’re able, with larger strides than in the past.
It’s most wonderful to see things continuing to move in a positive direction. Our chancel choir and bell choirs have added members, some of whom are new to the church. We’re so fortunate to now have Joan Crimlisk, Sherrill Davis and Anne Williams in our church family!
We’re eager for the new year and the various celebrations and events that will again take place. Atkinson Congregational Church is one of the most important cornerstones in our lives, with God’s love emanating to us through the drumbeat of regular Sunday services and church school. We also look forward to the annual, traditional celebrations, such as Christmas and Easter, which fill us with a shared love. As deacons, we also get inspired by the non-traditional events that over time appear to be becoming ACC traditions, such as Soup Sundays, Connections dinner parties, Ashes To Go, Blue Christmas, Ladies’ Hat Day on Mother’s Day, and Wacky Tie Day on Father’s Day.
Have you been part of our chat series of video conversations? If not, we’d love to set one up with you to talk about your life and journey to ACC. We’ve spoken to about 50 people. Every conversation has been unique and wonderful. No wonder God loves us individually – every one of us offers so much! In 2020, our aim is to process these digital conversations into small movies and soundbites that can be shared and possibly viewed on our website. In time, we will provide more information.
Before closing, it’s important to shed light on a few diaconate items. We’re thrilled that Gloria Dodge has resumed her role as a deacon. She is a bright light on our team. At the same time, we’re sad that Sue Goodman has had to reduce her role – but we completely understand because of her move out of the area. We love Sue and her husband, Jay, who continue to be members of ACC, and wish them only the best!
Our hearts are full this Christmas season, as we also look ahead to 2020.
We are grateful to be serving one and all at our beautiful church.
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 the church office at 603-362-5519.