Post-Christmas Letter from Linda

Post-Christmas Letter from Linda

30/12/2017
A Letter from Linda
Greetings!
I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.
This letter is to catch you up on a few things before I go on Leave.
Thank You
I would like to start by thanking you all for making Paul and I feel so welcome in the Athelstone UC community. We have really enjoyed getting to know you – and are aware that there are many more people for us to get to know as time goes by! You have been warm and generous in your welcome of us, in your generosity toward us, for making space for us, and for being open to new ideas. Thank you!
Thank you and well done to everyone who was involved in planning our services over Christmas. Thank you to those who helped in up-front roles and behind-the-scenes roles. So many people are involved in preparing for and running a service, and each role is so important! And thank you to those who came and participated in the services, worshipping with great enthusiasm and making our guests feel welcome. Together we shared the joy we have in Christ with all who came.
Give away books
Did you know that Scripture Union generously gave us 150 free copies of their Christmas storybook, “The Really Good News of Christmas” to give away? We were able to give away 100 copies at the Campbelltown Community Carols event at Thorndon Park and more through our Christmas services. We still have some copies left. Please take some for your children, grandchildren, neighbours and friends! A wonderful way to share the good news of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel.
Leave
As you may be aware, I will be on Leave from the 1st to the 29th January, returning on the 30th.  (The Office will re-open with Sharyn’s return on Thursday 1st February).
During my Leave, Paul and I will be moving out of our home into the manse and then preparing our house for rental. It will be a busy and exciting time! Thank you to those who have offered help with our move. Professional removalists are involved and we are being helped by friends and family. At this stage we think we’ll be OK. We promise to ask if help is needed.
Thank you again
A huge thank you to the team of volunteers who have been renovating and preparing the manse ready for us to move in. It has been a big project with many hours put in. Paul and I are very grateful and are looking forward to making it our home.
Pastoral Care
While I am on Leave, Brenton Summers will be available to respond to any pastoral care needs.
You may be interested to know that over recent weeks, Brenton, Bob Stevenson and I have begun looking at how we offer pastoral care at our Church. We began by doing a SWOT analysis on what is currently offered. It was a very helpful way of acknowledging what we are doing well and what areas we need to work on. If you would like to know more, feel free to ask Brenton or Bob, or myself on my return from Leave.
Change of days off
When I return from Leave, I will settle in to a new work week. I am going to take Mondays and Thursdays off. (However, I will attend most worship rehearsals.) I’ll be studying on Thursdays. If you’d like to know more about my study, feel free to ask!
Son-drenched summer
Beginning next week, the focus for worship will shift to Jesus, the light of the world.
[Jesus] said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  (John 8:12)
I look forward to seeing you as we gather for worship this Sunday and pray that you all have a wonderful, safe and blessed January.
 
May joy bubble through your day,
Linda