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Membership Matters by Barb Richards

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors

Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  Joyce Perata on her upcoming surgery and wish her a speedy recovery.  Hilton Fitt-Peaster who is recovering from shoulder surgery last month.  He went into it not knowing if it would be minor or major.  When his doctor got inside, via arthroscope he realized that only some small cleanup was required so no open surgery.   Minor it was!  Here’s hoping that his golf swing may even be improved! Joyce Perata is now at Boulder Community Hospital.  Her surgery went well and she is in rehab.  She can and wants to have visitors.  Susan Riederer’s brother, Greg Shannon, died this week of a long-term illness.  Kitty Turner’s mother died last month.  Hilton Fitt-Peaster’s sister, Jeannine, died on November 22nd.  Susan and Tim Bailey flew to Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, November 23rd, as their son Justin was admitted through the ER on Saturday.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Suzy Belmont shared that last month Neil DiMuccio and all her friends and family gave her the most amazing 30th birthday, for her to always remember.  Ginny Wright has returned sporting her new knee replacement — she is indeed an “Energizer Bunny”!  Judith King, Ellen & Don Lilley, Julie & Bob Ford always deserve my special thanks, and they know why.  If you have thought about being an usher, but feel like you need to know more we plan to have training in early December.  Please sign up at the office counter. The Mazzola’s welcomed their first grandchild, a girl named Isabelle, on November 4th, in New Jersey.

Random Thoughts:  Do you feel that change keeps happening?  That is because it is happening, and it is all to make your church community a place you want to be.  Past President Whitney Wheeless, and President Jennifer Skiendzielewski have been convening Strategic Planning sessions around our goals.  Some of the ideas are already being put into place.  Others will roll out later.  “Tweaking” can and may happen.  Sunday morning we are no longer ringing the entry bell to begin church, but Deborah Berioli is coming to the Sky Room and, front hall playing her beautiful sound bars, while leading us into the sanctuary to begin Worship.  The sound is very pleasant. 

Families with children are encouraged to sit up front until after the first hymn, when our youth and teachers leave for their morning.  The Earth Room doors will now close when the Service starts.  Latecomers are being directed to enter the sanctuary via the Sky Room/Listening Room as they arrive.  Also our Ushers will be encouraging you to “schooch” toward the center on the benches, providing additional seating.  Our Music Director, Instrumentalists, Pianist and Choir now have their own “nook” on the West side of the sanctuary.  Yes, these changes came about, from those of YOU who participated during the Strategic Panning sessions.  We take Worship seriously, and want everyone to have a great experience.


Caitlin Moore, shared the following at the end of the Strategic Planning session, which I attended (Hospitality and Community).


Yearning for a new way will not produce it.  Only ending the old way can do that.

You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring that you want something new.


The old will defy the new;

The old will deny the new;

The old will decry the new.


There is only one way to bring in the new.

You must make room for it.


…by Neale Walsh


May all of YOU and YOURS enjoy a safe and satisfying Holiday Season from now and into the New Year.



With Love & Care,



PS: Fred has a suggestion for New Year’s Day — “I hereby resolve to attend the 2015 General Assembly —Building a New way — to be held in Portland, Oregon, June 24th thru 28th!”

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