Welcome to March!! It’s almost Spring, even though it could snow at any time! I guess all in all we haven’t had a horrible winter, but the lack of Sunshine really is hard on the psyche. I’m oh so ready to sit on my deck and relax in the Spring warmth.
February was a big month for us. We elected a new slate of Council Members and Officers. It is a wonderful group of people who have the best interest of St Paul Church locked securely in their hearts. The Nominating team did a superb job of seeking out some of the best candidates for you and you responded by giving them all a unanimous vote. They took office on Sunday March 1st. Let’s all support them this year.
The best way to do that is to volunteer every time you get an opportunity. It takes all of us to make St. Paul successful. In addition to voting for our new council, Crafty Mania, on February 1st was a huge success again. And it earned $$ for our new Sunday School Room (by the way, take a walk upstairs sometime and take a peek at the new room). It is where the old Church Mouse resided!! New paint, new flooring, new blinds – it looks fantastic!!! Our Fine Arts Program presented a wonderful evening of cool jazz that even those who are not fans of jazz totally enjoyed. Jazz Winds of Patagonia featured a hometown boy, Bill Molenhof and his uber talented wife Marie Gabriala on piano and voice. It was delightful!!! We moved into the Lenten season with 2 beautiful and well attended Ash Wednesday services. Pastor Michelle and the Stewardship team shared a card with bible verses for each day of lent based on the “Sermon on the Mount”. That will be the focus of our messages during this Lent. There will be a service and light luncheon each Wednesday during Lent with different groups providing the luncheon each week. The service will begin at 11:30 and the lunch will be at noon. All in the Activity Center.
For the first time in a long time, we have a complete staff!! Congratulations to the Personnel Team and the Music Director Search Team. We finished filling our open positions with the hiring of John Posth for the Non-Traditional Music Director. John is a wonderful young man, fresh from the Bradley University. He has a background of music, and music in church. He is a percussionist, singer, etc. etc. He has degrees in Music Studies and Religious Studies. He is a delightful young man and will be a great asset to our church. Please make John welcome to our St Paul family!!!
Be sure to put April 5th on your calendar and come celebrate the Restoration of Heritage Hall. It will be wonderful!!!!!
Well, all good things must eventually come to an end. I have so enjoyed being your Council President. It has been an honor to serve you all as we look to the future with great excitement. We have a pastor who has a lot of great ideas and lots of energy. She loves this congregation and wants only the best for all of us. We are blessed to have lay leaders who are able and willing to spend lots and lots of hours planning for our future. And best of all, we have all of you. – the People of St. Paul. You all are wonderful. I feel a kinship with each of you and I am proud to serve beside you. Wayne Caughman will be a fine President! He has the best of St. Paul at the forefront of his mind at all times. You all are aware of how much of his life he devotes to St. Paul already. He will continue what we have begun here – updating old processes and building cohesive teams of staff and volunteers. Working together, there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. Wayne will continue this column!!! I might throw a column into the OSP from time to time – I have really enjoyed communicating with all of you each month. Blessing to all of you wonderful St Paulians!!!!!!
Mimi Llamas, Past Council President