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January 2013

New Beginnings

The New Year is the time for resolutions. This is a good time to step back and take stock of where we are, and where we are going in the year ahead. Most of us associate New Year's resolutions with practices of self-discipline, such as daily exercise and morning prayer. But, in fact, the word, "solution," comes from a Latin term that means "loosening" or "releasing." Anyone who's ever stirred a spoonful of sugar into a cup of coffee, or taken a chemistry class, knows how to make solutions. Anyone who's dieted to lose weight, or tried to quit smoking, knows how to make resolutions—if not how to keep them. When we make a solution, the substance that's in the process of dissolving needs to be loose and free-flowing. When we make resolutions, we can't be overly rigid. Eating nothing but celery and carrot sticks for an entire week, makes us long to eat chocolate cookies for all three meals every day! I think the best resolutions, and the best solutions, unbind us and set us free.

The form of Government of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has recently been revised to provide more flexibility for local churches. The Form of Government is the first, and the most-used, section of our Book of Order. The old Book of Order was three times as long in 2010 as is the 2013 edition. Your Session is preparing a revision of our congregation's by-laws, in order to reflect the flexibility of the rules in the new Book of Order. You, as the congregation, are in integral part of decision-making!

Please plan to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 3, at 10:45am when our Session will present a new draft of the church's by-laws for your approval. We need a two-thirds majority of the members attending this meeting to approve our draft of the new by-laws, in order for these updated by-laws to take effect. Changes, will include the number of persons to serve as Elders and Deacons, an updated list of Session committees, and criteria for continued membership in our church. Following the congregational meeting on February 3, at 11am, our Youth Ministry will hold its annual Soup Sale, for Super Bowl Sunday.

Pastor Joyce

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