Welcome to January and the start of a new year! As we approach the middle to the end of December, it’s hard to realize that Christmas is literally upon us and the New Year is closely behind. However, as we all know, and as evidenced by our Thanksgiving activities, our Christmas and New Year’s holiday events will I’m sure, be very different than any we’ve ever known due to the coronavirus which is still all around us. With this in mind, and even as the vaccine we all have been waiting on is starting to arrive, I hope everyone continues to be safe and take all the precautions and safety measures recommended to us by the health experts as we all together continue to combat this awful disease.
Continued thanks to our staff and others who still are diligently putting in many hours each week to produce the wonderful virtual services we enjoy each Sunday. And it goes without saying, I want to offer a special thanks and shout out also to Dr. Bill Wade and John Posth and all of our church choir members who put in several hours each week to produce the wonderful music that we all enjoy each Sunday morning.
As the virus numbers continue to be what they are in our County and in our Region, we made a decision in late November to have all services through the end of the year conducted virtually. I am absolutely convinced that this was the right decision to protect all of us and those around us. I’m confident that we’ll be very deliberate in our plans to reopen sometime hopefully in early 2021 and then do it slowly and methodically. That’s the only right thing to do.
I also want to thank all of the people who have worked so hard on our reopening plans for our Mother’s Day Out program taking into consideration all of the virus concerns and precautions that must be addressed. Hopefully, that program can still open sometime in January 2021 and continue to be a success.
As I said in the December OSP, I want to again sincerely thank each and every one who has helped or supported me in any way to make the decisions we made and the actions implemented for our church and our people. As we all know, one person cannot do everything by themselves. Instead, it takes a team effort by many to make things happen. And that’s what we have here with our church members. And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the church staff we have that so diligently works to help all of us carry out the day to day mission of our church.
I’m completely confident and excited with the slate of officers and other new Council members that have been nominated to lead us forward in 2021. I offer my complete support and help to each one of them in whatever way I can assist. I’m sure the new officers and council members will carry on in a superb manner working through the various Council teams, the Executive Council and the Council itself to move our church forward in many ways.
Again, a most heartfelt thanks to all of you for your unwavering support.
Peace to All,
Wayne Caughman, Council President 2020