Church Meetings

This is meeting week at CCH. The first week of the month is filled with night meetings. Monday night it was the Trustees, Tuesday Church Council and Wednesday Outreach. Each one starts at 8:00 and I usually get home around 10:00. This means these are also late nights to bed. I come home all jazzed and so stay up watching TV or reading until I can relax and go to sleep.

Night meetings are an essential obligation of the job. This is a congregational church and that means the congregation is in charge. The congregation tends to have day jobs, so church work is night work. I confess that more than two nights out a week is a bit of a drag, as I like to see my family in the evening. To be perfectly honest, these 8:00 meetings can really bring out the grumpy side of my personality. It is hard to rush from the dinner table and drive back to the church in the dark. Yet, this is important work, and I do like to see the committee members.

Each group is quite different—in work and temperament. The Trustees take care of the church money and property. As we tend to skate a thin financial edge at the church this group is tempted to be gloomy. I try to cheer them up and give a larger perspective to the daily challenges. Church council is the coordinating body and their danger is trying to solve everyone’s problems and revisit every committee’s decisions. My role is to help them focus. The Outreach ministry is concerned with missions and as they have passionate and enthusiastic members, I tend to sit back and listen in appreciation of their energy and desire for justice.

As I sit in the meetings I look around the room and reflect on the lives of the people around me. Most have demanding jobs and complicated families. I think about the sick parents, unhappy children, and damaged relationships that are on the minds of some members. Everybody in the room has a busy life (the bane of modern existence) and everyone is taking time to be here. They are all volunteers. Very few people love to do committee work. Most do it because they are filling a need for the church. Hopefully they remember that they do it because they are making real the call from God bring about a new life on earth. These committees, these small circles of God’s people, are trying to amplify God’s love. This is a high calling. It is easy to forget these lofty ideals at 9:30 PM on a Tuesday, when we are listening to the tenth report on church programs. I pray that all the committee members will know the importance of their work. I give thanks to God for their dedication.

As I drive home I smile with gratitude for the time given by our members to the church. This is a good place.

Events to Highlight
· As previously announced, we are not holding a rummage sale this year.
· The Pilgrim Fellowship will have their kick-off meeting on Sunday, October 16, at 5:00 PM. The most important item to discuss will be a possible workcamp to help hurricane survivors.
· The Pilgrim Thanksgiving Festival will be November 12. A planning meeting will be held after worship on October 16.

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, October 9 Fellowship Hour at 11:30 AM—Jenny Haluza
Monday, October 10 Prayer & Meditation Circle at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 11 Women’s Discussion Group, 7:00, at the home of Cheryl Zagorski, 3 Pebble Hill Drive, Ft.Salonga. The Kite Runner has been recommended as the topic for discussion. “It is a moving portrait of modern Afghanistan†according to Entertainment Weekly.
Please call Cheryl at 757-6494, if you plan to attend and get specific directions to her home. For further questions about this group call Neila Werner at 757-7646.
Outreach Ministry, 7:00 – 8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall to make sandwiches for HIHI.
Wednesday, October 12 Bell Choir at 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 13 Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 16 Pilgrim Festival Planning at 11:30 AM
Pilgrim Fellowship at 5:00 PM
Monday, October 17 Prayer & Meditation Circle at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 18 Outreach Ministry, 7:00 – 8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall to make sandwiches for HIHI.
Wednesday, October 19 Bell Choir at 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 20 Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22 Work Party
Bell Choir: A Food Sale will be held after church on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Coat Drive: We are collecting gently-used coats for distribution to families in Huntington. You may drop them off at the church.
Pledge Report
Received Pledged Difference
Last Week $2,622 $2,596 +$26
Year-to-date $92,081 $103,846 -$11,765

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