the end of
will only continue
ago I got a
be in the
thelast forty years. Thesearejustacoupleof themany changeswemust navigate.
sad as it may seem, the
church leadership must impose similar changes.
sent a newsletter to church members and friends using what the Post Office calls "bulk mail". Thebulk mail costwasonlyafractionof theFirst Class mail,and webelievedit wasmoney
spenttokeeppeople informed about our congregation. However, effective January
2013 there are new postalregulationsandpricingforbulk mail. Thereforeat theNovember consistory meetingourleaders votedtodiscontinue
thenewslettertoevery member.The newsletter will continue in an abbreviated form and people will be able to access it through our
If you do not have internet access consider asking a
or familymember to
it off for you. Printed copies will also be available to be picked up after Sunday worship.
members and friends can subscribe to the church
and it will be mailed out First Class.We are naturally sad when comfortable and familiar routines are changed, but not all change isbad.
Christmas come and enjoy singing carols in our beautiful sanctuary. In the olden days peoplehad to
charcoal foot warmer as there was no heat in the church. Today, thanks to thegenerosityofmemberswho
to pay thefuel bill,youwillbewarmand toasty.ComeandcelebrateChristmas
Longswamp United Church
Another busy month has come and gone, and now the holidays are upon us!
Consistory met on
with a very
agenda. In keeping with the three
key areas, wefocused on the many building and maintenance issues (Stewardship), and made
decisionsregarding the storm damage from Hurricane Sandy to the roofs of the parsonage and Fegely
&Nurturingwasaddressed throughtheformationof thesurveyyouhopefully took at the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 2
This survey was designed toallow the Consistory to get a clearer understanding of what the congregation's vision is for the church andsurrounding campus, in light of the Walbert bequest. In addition, we discussed the use of the proceeds ofthe successful November Bazaar going towards care for shut-ins and outreach, and how we can increase
membership and attendance, with special attention to the Advent Season and the Christmas Eve
Youth and Families was addressed through future planned events
caroling at the ToptonLutheran Home, Faith World, and the
Gateway Program for our confirmands. So many great
hasbeenanexciting yearin thelifeofLongswamp UCC, witha lotbeing accomplishedin arelatively short period of
You have been a very dedicated and steadfast
but there isstill much to do. Get ready for another eventful year in 2013! Your service to your church will be needed
the months ahead.From your Consistory, we wish you the most blessed of
We hope you remember He isthe Reason for the season, and we pray that you
continue to feel His comforting presence in the New
beyond. Merry Christmas!