Entering Autumn

Dear South Church Members & Friends,

     Earlier this year the congregation completed the “New Beginnings” process which helped us look toward the future of South Church. I was pleased to discover that there was a clear consensus on a new missional emphasis: Living out our Christian faith by caring for the world on God’s behalf. Encouraged by this new direction, we started planning to offer GriefShare, a grief recovery support group ministry where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one.
     We will begin this ministry of care and compassion by offering “GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” on Sunday, November 12 from 3:00—5:00 pm in the Church House auditorium. Please let your friends and neighbors know about this important program.
    In January, we will offer GriefShare, a 13-session program that uses video presentations and small groups for people who have lost a loved one. GriefShare helps people embrace the grief process and start rebuilding their lives as they go through the process of dealing with the pain and the hurt that comes with losing someone. The program will begin on Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 pm and will be held every two weeks. Please look for more information and for sign-ups coming soon.
     I also want to give an update on the exterior restoration work that’s being completed on our historic 1799 sanctuary. There are some photos on the cover page of this newsletter and also on our church Facebook page. The steeple and weathervane has been painted and most of the repair and painting of the wood trim will be finished this week. The round window in the tower had the frame replaced and the etched glass will be reinstalled in it. Look for that installation to occur in the next week or so.
     The new Vermont slate has been installed on the east side of the roof. The west side will be completed over the next two weeks as some adjustments were need to deal with a 6” dip along roof surface. Thank you for your patience as this important project is completed!

Peace and grace,
 Mark