Notes from the Pastor – November 2022

For many folks, the month of November is a month for intentionally practicing gratitude for all the good things in our lives, and as I write these words to welcome the new month I am appropriately overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude. I want to offer a clangorous, vociferous THANK YOU to the members of Central Christian Church. When I planned for us to throw a Halloween party for the community, I imagined that we would get maybe a couple dozen guests who weren’t already members and friends of the church. Boy, was I wrong.

We ended up having almost two hundred people at the party, packing the fellowship hall and sanctuary fuller than I have ever seen them, and none of it would be possible without the many volunteers who shared their time, efforts, and resources to make this event a success, even with a far bigger turnout than we bargained for.

At last month’s stewardship dinner, I spoke about how the members of this church consistently and faithfully show up to make it what it is—a tangible and visible presence of Christ on earth, and this was just another example of how special this community is. My prayer and my hope is that even a small fraction of the folks who showed up for candy, costumes, and fun were able to see what I see in the people of Central Christian Church.

You, Central Christian, are what I am most grateful for. And I hope you know that not just in November, but every day of the year.

With great love and deep gratitude,
Pastor Stephen