Central’s 184th birthday

What a wonderful celebration we shared last Sunday as we hosted the Indy Pride interfaith service. We joyfully welcomed guests of Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim faiths, and joined together in uplifting the wonder and diversity of creation and of the human family.  The world music ensemble Il Troubadore enhanced our worship in wonderful ways. Thank you to everyone who participated and especially to those who helped out in many ways.
 
This week has been full as we head into our congregational meeting on Sunday. We have the results of our stewardship emphasis and can now celebrate that, while we did not reach our “miracle goal” which would have funded a full-time associate pastor as well as increased activities of the Vision Implementation Team, we did have a great response with an increase in total commitments of more than seven percent. That is fantastic! We will be able to substantially increase the funding for an associate pastor. The Personnel Committee will continue its work of determining the staffing that will best support the ministry to which God is calling us. Many thanks to Mindy Hamm and Dave Miner for leading our stewardship emphasis, and to all of us who are on this “journey in community.”
 
This Sunday we’ll be “looking around” at light, the first creation of God in the story in Genesis 1. Please join us for worship, the congregational meeting, and a picnic to celebrate Central’s 184th birthday!