401 Scammel St.
Marietta, Ohio  45750
Pastor's Update 

Report to Council

January 15, 2019


I’ve always found it a bit odd to reflect back into the past year for this report … maybe because it feels like Christmas was so long ago. And yet, that’s the reality since our last meeting. We finished our Wednesday Advent soup and worship evenings, celebrated another successful Christmas party at The Fields clubhouse, and had a wonderful candlelight service on Christmas Eve. As always, it was great to see many in worship on that special night, including those who we’re only blessed to see on these special Holy-days.


Christmas Eve was special as always, but I also experienced some mixed emotions that night as it was the last worship service that Jane Irvine and I would work together. Her last Sunday playing was on the 30th for the Lessons & Carols service, however I was away that Sunday for a family wedding in Atlanta. And even though I know we will remain in touch, and that she left on good terms, and that we will get to work together again for an upcoming wedding in June, I still will miss her, as I know others will too! That being said, Candy has done a wonderful job these last 2 Sundays as our interim organist. I have contacted the Times and Sentinel to place an add for the month, and Randy Shrider is awaiting a quote for what it will cost to install a MIDI onto the organ that will play the hymns and liturgy.


Music and Worship committee met. We will be making gluten free wafer available for those who have health requirements.


Beyond these things, there’s not much more to report. January is a busy time for me with reports to the Synod and ELCA and meetings with the various committees on which I serve. Bible study will continue to meet.


In Christ, with Christ, for Christ!


Pastor Steve Mahaffey