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Dear Church Family,

A recent article in one of the church publications I read regularly asked what have been the  important lessons the church has learned from the pandemic.  Some were obvious such as the importance of technology and  the discovery  that we were adaptable to making changes in worship life and pastoral care.  The author concluded: “let me give you the most important relearning from the pandemic of 2020: a thriving church is crystal clear on a compelling, missional reason for being.”  It’s a challenging thought.

A few years back, it was the rage for businesses, non-profits, and even churches to write succinct mission statements. For example,  Coca-Cola’s is  “to refresh the world in mind, body, and spirit, to inspire moments of optimism and happiness through our brands and actions, and to create value and make a difference.” Nike’s is “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”  Rather flowery, too be sure, and you’d  hardly know they wanted to sell products! The church I pastored in Winchester came up with this worthy, but less grandiose statement: serving Christ and neighbor in the heart of Winchester and beyond.

What would be your mission statement for Falls Village Congregational Church?  What is our “compelling missional reason for being”?  It is a good exercise and I’ve love to hear your thinking.

The funeral service for Jill Blodgett Polito, who grew up in this church, will be Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1 p.m.  Please pray that the family might know the Lord’s comfort and peace.

The sermon this Sunday is “Learning to Listen.”  The texts are Proverbs 15, 1-7, 28-33 and Mark 10:35-45.

See you in church.

Rich

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