As I started to think about the year to come, I started to think in terms of a pledge for the new year rather than a list of resolutions. I thought I would share with you how I am approaching 2016 as I serve among you at All Saints’ Church.
· I will continue to pray to God for wisdom, guidance, and blessing in all that we do.
· I will continue to pray for each child and teen who are members of our fellowship, as well as children and teens who are regular visitors in our programming. I will pray for spiritual growth for each one, and I will add additional prayers as you share other concerns with me.
· I will continue to care about your family and be available to you if/when needs arise.
· I will continue to get to know your children, teens, or grandchildren through conversations at church and/or through seeing them participating in sporting or cultural events in the community. (I enjoy coming to games, concerts, exhibitions, schools, etc., so feel free to invite me!)
· I will continue to value bringing people together through the following types of programming for our children, teens, parents, and families: activities that promote fellowship, studies that promote deepening our Christian faith, and opportunities for service at our church and in the community.
· I will continue to work on my own spiritual development through daily Bible study, Anglican studies, spirituality retreats, and participating in this year’s confirmation classes.
· My door is always open and I welcome community conversation and involvement in ways we can reach and teach our young people to know, love, and follow Christ.
· On a side note, my responsibilities with the Florida Southern Girls’ Chorus will be drawing to a close at the end of the spring season. It became clear to me this past fall that I can no longer be divided in my energies between church and the community chorus and I have felt God both reassure and guide me through my process of closure with that organization.