Today, as I write this, is the last day of summer. Thank God, is all I can say about that. Oh, wait a minute: finally!
That means the Fall Equinox is here – equal amount of light and darkness for one moment as we begin our journey, once again, to the Winter Solstice. Our world is beautifully made and the wonder of it can’t help but make us be grateful to our Creator.
Each season has its own beauty and brings with it its own sense of balance for the health of the world and its people. What a blessing to have a reminder to work for balance in our own lives. How’s that going?
I am still learning a lot about the Disciples of Christ as a denomination and about its regional setting. The Tres Rios Regional Assembly is scheduled for November 2-3 at the Central Christian Church in Austin, Texas. To learn more about this event, please go to ccsw.org/ra/2018/. Let me know if you are interested in attending.
I have discovered that if you go to ccsw.org/2018/ you will have a very good idea of what is going on in the Tres Rios area.
As an ordained United Church of Christ minister who has been in the Southwest Conference for over 12 years, I feel I have a pretty good handle on getting around the SWCUCC website to learn what’s going on. Up next is the November clergy retreat in Tucson, AZ which I plan to attend. I am also one of the facilitators for Boundary Training for Clergy which is scheduled prior to the start of the retreat on November 5th.
The Southwest Conference holds a Mission and Church Vitality Committee meeting two times a year. This year the meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 6 at 10 am. Let me know if you are interested in being a representative on behalf of First Christian Church, and I will gladly share more information with you.
Go to SWCUCC.org and navigate the website to learn more about the Southwest Conference. You can also sign up for the weekly email: In The Loop with the Southwest Conference.
It is hard for me to believe that I have been with you more than six months as your interim pastor. The major work of completing the surveys is done. The general timeline for the interim period is holding up well. There is, of course, still plenty of work to be completed and the chart Donald developed is a helpful and handy tool to refer to in terms of progress made.
I will be away until October 4. If pastoral care is needed, please contact Patrick Crocker at 575-551-1717.