Welcome back, one and all, to fellowship and community in the Old Stone Church!
We are embarking on a wonderful new year with our formal weekly service schedule of Spirit Talk at 9:15 a.m. and full sermon service at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday through mid-June.
At the end of last year, after serious consideration of the Space Committee Report, the Fellowship voted overwhelmingly to ‘Stay & Adapt’ our beloved Old Stone Church, Dodd Hall, and our land in support of our mission of “nurturing spiritual journeys and expanding social justice.”
Over the summer, we received the results of the assessment work done by the historical architect and shared them with the congregation; we will be sharing the completed report with the financial data included this month. There are two ‘hard copies’ of the report available for viewing on site; the link to the report is available to everyone in the email sent to congregants in July. Please see me if you do not have access to the report.
We begin the year welcoming back Sarah Ahrens to the Director of Religious Exploration position and extending our deep gratitude to Karen Cubberly who returned to the DRE role last spring to serve brilliantly in Sarah’s absence.
We are excited to move forward with expanding our multigenerational worship format this fall with exciting new faith development opportunities for the entire congregation. Once a month Sarah will offer a field trip for anyone in the congregation to participate in–why should the kids have all the fun?!?! Watch the order of service and website calendar for information on these monthly opportunities.
Our Sunday services will start to look a little different as we adapt our space, resources, and opportunities. We will continue to have enlightening, thoughtful sermons from our Rev. Seth; beautiful and soul-touching music from our Music Director, Emily Bengels and the Old Stone Choir; and well-structured services expertly coordinated by our Sunday Services Committee.
Over the summer, our Habitat Grasslands and Pollinators Project took form after countless hours of planting and watering, and weeding and watering, and mulching and worrying about pests, and watering have paid off and the shrubs and trees have mostly taken hold and are doing well. There is a next stage of fall plantings happening now for the next three weeks that you can be a part of by contacting Building and Grounds’ member Dave J. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I look forward to reconnecting with our faith family and sharing the exciting year ahead.