As our searches for new staff continue, we are blessed by the gifts of our own congregation. Dawn Barnes has done a wonderful job this fall as interim associate pastor. Her pastoral and organizational gifts have served us well. Dawn completes her time on staff December 31 and begins a new full-time job in January.
I am pleased to report that Erin Leraris has agreed to serve as coordinator of children and youth ministries beginning in January until a new associate pastor is called. Erin is an educator and enjoys working with young people. She and her family have been at Central for over ten years and Erin has served in many roles. She currently co-chairs the Communication team, and you may have seen her do the children's moment from time to time.
Advent has begun. Thank you to the over 60 people who turned out to "Activate Advent" on Saturday. The church was beautifully decorated and much artwork was created. Join our "Disciples Central" Facebook page to see some great photos. (You must request to be a member of this group.) All are invited to "Activate Advent" again after worship this Sunday (noon-2pm in the gym) to make piñatas and pipe cleaner orbs. In worship we'll be listening for the messengers of Peace sent by God to a tense and divided world. Hope to see you there!