Weekly News​

January 14, 2020 
Dear Friends,
   
A Vision is a Blessing. That is why we are engaging in the process of creating a new vision statement during 2020 to guide the ministry of our church over the next 3-5 years. Most of the objectives of our last vision statement developed in 2015 have been achieved and it's time, once again, to assess where we've been, acknowledge where we are, and seek to develop a vision of where we want to be and what we want to be doing as we seek to follow in The Way of Christ in the future.
 
To keep the theme of blessings at the forefront of our minds as we move through the year, I invite you, when you are at the church, to consider writing down a blessing on one of the strips of paper provided and placing it in our Basket of Blessings in the narthex. Perhaps you will want to note a way in which you experienced God in your life during the week. Maybe you would like to celebrate a wonderful thing happening to you. Some weeks you might just want to acknowledge the fact that, but by the grace of God, you made it through the week. You are free to put your name on your blessing but don't need to do so and there is no limit to the number of blessings you may write down and place in the basket.
 
All of these blessings will be collected over the course of the year and will be featured in a special way at the end of the year in a worship service. But, the really special part of being part of this project will be focusing on things for which to be grateful each week of the year. Being intentional about focusing my thoughts on the blessings in my life, paying attention and looking for the ways in which God is at work in my life and the lives of people I love, transforms my life in positive ways and I pray it will do the same for all of us.
 
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Robin
​​ ​​​​​​Thank you, Linda Miller, for providing the weekly reflection and prayer.​​
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Dear friends,

We are exactly two weeks into the New Year. Does it feel any different from the last year? Did you make a list of resolutions for the 365 days to come? I used to do that, especially with sewing or gardening projects I hoped to accomplish. And then around October, I’d look at the list and not one thing had been crossed off. Enough years like that and I discarded the time-honored task of writing down resolutions. Now, you have to understand, I’m a list-maker. I get tremendous satisfaction in crossing off one item after another. You’d think that New Year’s resolutions would be right up my alley! After all, it’s not someone else telling me that I have to get these things done; it’s just me, and whether or not the items are accomplished and crossed off, I have only myself to applaud. Or to blame.

Instead of starting the year with a list of intentions and then ending the year with a dusty, untouched list and a feeling of failure and blame, let’s do something else. Let’s be intentional in finding and expressing gratitude. We don’t have to look very far. Gratitude for waking up each morning and maybe humming the Doxology, as Pastor Robin mentioned in one of her online posts. Gratitude for a brilliant or subtle sunrise. Gratitude that, even though they snap and crackle, the old knees and hips can still get me out of bed and down the stairs to make the morning coffee. Coffee! Food for breakfast! Hot water to clean the dishes! Dishes! The list goes on and on. The things to be grateful for just keep piling up! Just think of all that gratitude you will have amassed during the 365 days of 2020! Isn’t that better than some dusty old list making you feel lazy or inadequate?

But if you need a little help getting started or want a daily infusion of MORE gratitude, check out the Network for Grateful Living (gratefulness.org). When you subscribe (free!), you will be sent a daily quote to ponder. It’s a good way to start the day, or end the day, for that matter. Food for thought, at any rate. Here is a sampling:

  • Gratitude is not a mere word; it is not a mere concept. It is the living breath of your real existence on earth. – Sri Chinmoy

  • Gratefulness helps us return to ourselves, restoring our equilibrium and helping us see beyond what’s broken to the beauty and wholeness of life. – Tim Roberts

Two weeks of the New Year are behind us, but fifty weeks of gratitude lie ahead. Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Dear God,
Thank you.
Amen.
   
​​*****
​Linda
 
  
***  MEETING NOTICE  ***

Pursuant to Article XIV, Section 3 of the Amended and Restated Bylaws of Suttons Bay Congregational Church (SBCC), notice is hereby given that the 2020 Financial Annual Meeting of Members will be held in the Church Sanctuary on January 26, 2020, at 11:15 a.m. (or immediately following morning worship), for the following purposes:

1. Approval of the minutes of the 2019 Financial Annual Meeting.

2. Receipt of a report on the results of operations of SBCC for 2019 and its financial condition as of December 31, 2019.

3. Presentation and approval of the Budget for 2020.

4. The conduct of such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Copies of the materials described in this notice are available upon request from the Church Office.

As specified in the Bylaws, Members may attend the meeting and vote by proxy on the matters to come before the meeting.  Forms for this purpose are available from the Church Office.

   
The video of this past Sunday's service is below: