I trust that you had a happy New Year celebration with your household and were glad to say good riddance to the pain and suffering of 2020 and greet 2021 with hopeful anticipation of better things to come. Everyone is grateful for the new vaccines, but we need to remember that the vaccination process will be long and tedious and will not make our world appreciably safer for another several months. My prayer is that all of us we will be able to make it through the last leg of this pandemic wisely and safely, so that our return to the world we love and miss will come sooner rather than later. I am happy to report that all of our members and friends who have tested positive for Covid-19 are recovering well, and please keep the Lhotsky family in your prayers as they are the latest to become infected with the virus. I continue to be grateful for all who are responsible for recording our online worship service, and I am glad that so many of you have continued to tune in on Sundays.
I am also grateful for your exceptional generosity in 2020. We have finished the financial year with a small surplus in pledged and general giving, which is quite remarkable given the circumstances. We still need to receive a few more estimate of giving cards for our ministry and mission in 2021, so if you are able to submit one and have not, I encourage you to do so soon in order to help the session adopt a new budget for 2021. You may send in your pledge or update your pledge by writing a confidential email to Louise Taff, our Receiving Treasurer.
A special Zoom meeting of the congregation has been called for 12:00 noon on January 17 for the purpose of electing new elders and deacons in the class of 2023. We will need a quorum of 25 to hold the election, so I hope many of you will try to attend the Zoom meeting. Virginia will send you the link by email the week before the meeting. I want to thank all the members of the class of 2020, especially for extending their terms for an extra six months due to the pandemic. They are elders (David Brown, Mike Lhtosky, Laura Piazza, and Amy Rhoades) and deacons (Robin Brown, Diane Catalano, and Betsy Moore). I am especially grateful for Jo Dunnigan serving as clerk of the session and Diane Catalano for serving as moderator of the deacons. And thanks to the Nominating Committee for their due diligence under duress. Our current slate for 2023 includes Tom Carrigan, Lexi Everett, and Laura Piazza as elders; Kitty Barco and Amber Young are the candidates for deacons.
I will teach a new Bible Study this winter on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, a very short but important letter that, with the Letter to the Romans, stands as the Protestant Reformation’s central belief: Justification by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We will also cover the history of Paul’s life, conversion, and ministry. We often forget that he wrote 1/3 of the New Testament. Please let me know via email if you would like to take the course; we will meet from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom on Wednesdays, January 20 through February 24.
In the meantime, I implore you to keep the faith, pray often, come to worship on Zoom, keep in contact with your family and friends in a safe and wise manner, and allow the love of God to get us through the last leg of this heart-breaking pandemic. Please know that you continue to be in my prayers. And may God be with us all.
Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends. If you should have a care concern or celebration you'd like to share, please email David or the church office.
Would you like to pick up your packet of offering envelopes for 2021? Virginia will set them outside of the church's entryway, contactless and sheltered from the weather. To pick up yours, email Virginia so she'll have time to set your box out for you.