Report to Council
November 20, 2018
This past month wasn’t nearly as busy as last month. However, there were a couple of fairly memorable things that occurred. Let’s start with the Octoberfest celebration held on October 26th. This year it was directly impacted by the cold and rainy weather. The attendance was much smaller, although those who attended said they still had a really great time. Scott Kitchen and trio performed live music once again, there was food and drinks galore, and the atmosphere fun and festive. However, the music and worship committee discussed (at their most recent meeting) the idea of alternating this celebration with the Christmas party, or creating an altogether different event for the springtime. No final decisions were made.
On Reformation Sunday we had a Godspeed and Farewell for Walt, Sue and Emily Brothers as they moved to be closer to their other daughter. A very nice reception and fellowship hour was held after the 10:30 worship service. Thanks to everyone who gave them such a nice farewell … the will be missed.
On November 7th Jane Dickey was back for the day to visit with the congregation. A potluck lunch was held, and many of her longtime friends from the congregation were in attendance. It was nice to see Jane again, as she continues to attempt to visit Marietta once a year.
In case you haven’t noticed, a few changes have been happening around the church building. The AEDs arrived and have been mounted in very visible areas (one in the entryway of the 4th Street entrance, the other at the back of the sanctuary). Thanks to Randy Shrider for taking the time out of his day to get the set-up and installed). With these devices, the Congregation Council will need to establish training, instructions, etc. for the congregation, as well as establish some form of yearly inspection and maintenance. Additionally, the “undercroft” items also arrived this past week and have been put into place. The space is almost ready for us to start our coffee and visitor greeting area … the evangelism team will be meeting again soon to make decisions for the ongoing management and maintenance for that area. Very exciting!
In Christ, with Christ, for Christ!
Pastor Steve Mahaffey