It's almost here and I can hardly wait.
No, not solstice.
No, not Christmas.
No, not 2007.
We are less than three weeks away to the move to TWO SERVICES on Sunday Morning. Yeehaw!
No, I'm not kidding. This is great news. We have wonderful reasons for expanding our services and great goals. The primary reason we have for the expansion is, well, expansion. We have one hundred more people in attendance on Sundays in our services than last year at this time. I can't imagine a more fortunate reason.
Our goals include being more welcoming to new people by having more available seating and easier parking. We also hope to be safer for people of all ages by having more room to maneuver and meet people in the lobby and at coffee hour. We also want to make sure that we are always aware of safety issues for emergency exit, and less people in the Great Hall at one time will definitely help with that concern.
For the past three weeks we have had listening posts after the service where people could come with their concerns about this change. We have posted this feedback and our responses in the lobby and on handouts. Thank you to all the people who shared their concerns, ideas, and excitement in these meetings. I believe your comments and suggestions will help to make the transition smooth and successful.
On January 7, 2007 we will begin having two services at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The services will have the same content. There will be religious education for children and youth during both services. There will be two coffee hours. Please help to make this a success by trying out the 9:00 AM service at least once a month for the first six months.
This is a change and religious communities are not known for their relaxed comfort with change, but we have such a wonderful reason! Personally, I am delighted that we will be able to offer more to our community. I am also delighted by the involvement of our members and friends and all the newcomers who are in regular attendance. This is an exciting time in the life of our church.
See you on Sunday!