It feels funny to type "'17" but I'll get used to it. Consequently, this is the week to spend previewing our calendar for the 2017 year!
This means, I will be in planning mode this week. I will also be cleaning up around the manse, as the housekeeping tends to go undone around Christmastime - don't tell my mother!
Thank you very much, Ron, Sharon and Marge for your worship leadership this past Sunday! I heard we had visitors and that all went well. I took a much-needed break away, spending some time visiting with friends in Chama, NM, as well as in Albuquerque. Chama was beautifully-blanketed in snow!
Today the yoga group resumes at noon. We'll start right at noon, so we get in a full 55 minutes' workout! This afternoon our girls and boys basketball teams play here at home, so I might be the "color commentator" at 6:00PM on AM1400. We shall see how our kids do. Go Rattlers! If you listen, you might hear First Presbyterian Church advertised.
Rock Chalk, Jayhawks!: This Saturday, Jan 7th, there will be 6 college students from KU (Univ. of Kansas) sleeping in our church. They are heading to AZ for a service project on a Navajo reservation at "Teec Nos Pos." We are cooking them some green chile stew and homemade tortillas and they have pledged to help us with taking down Christmas Decorations! Want to help? Come on out! Please bring a snacky-food to supplement the meal. Their time of arrival is not exact, but I estimate they'll arrive sometime between 6 and 7 pm. Let's pray for a safe journey for them. They will be back through town in one week.
Congregational Meeting: Pending the session's final approval, I estimate the congregational meeting will be on Sunday, January 15th. We will receive the Annual Report, elect new Deacons and Elders, and vote whether to keep me around another year (yes, that's part of it ) This will take place once again following worship, during the potluck supper. Elders - don't forget to send Sharon your reports! Thank you. I have to do mine too. :)
Presbytery Meeting Jan 27-28 in Portales: The Presbytery of Sierra Blanca will hold their January meeting in Portales at 1st Presbyterian Church. It's on our church calendar, if you wish for more information. You may also visit the presbytery website @ www.sierrablanca.org. Anyone from the church is welcome to attend. If you are interested, please let me know so I can register you.
If you recently visited our online church calendar, you may have noticed our birthdays "disappeared." I have corrected the problem. You will see that and more at http://1stpreschurchtuc.weebly.com/calendar-of-events.html "Right click" on an event and it will ask if you want to add it to your calendar.
Have you made any resolutions for the New Year? I will be asking you about that this Sunday, on the Sunday in which we remember the "Baptism of our Lord." The link will take you to this Sunday's Scripture Readings.
I look forward to seeing you around town this week, and... "God be with you till we meet again."
Much Love to you all.