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Dear Little Fork Family,

Yesterday during our All Saints celebration, we remembered those who have died who were important to us individually and those who left a legacy here at Little Fork Church. It is a time when we are reminded that we are surrounded by the communion of saints, which includes all people who live faithfully whether known to thousands or only a few. Hopefully, reminding ourselves of their stories will help encourage us to act faithfully in our daily lives.

 

This year at Little Fork we choose All Saints’ Sunday as the beginning of our stewardship time, which is when we as a community make our commitments to our church community for the coming year. In the letter from your treasurers that was mailed last week, you heard about how by pledging you allow your vestry leadership to responsibly plan for the upcoming year. I thought it would also be helpful, as you are deciding about your commitment to Little Fork Church, for you to hear about my perspective as your new rector.

 

On Sunday, November 10th, after church, there will be a forum during which I will present specific budget initiatives for 2020. In anticipation of those details, I wanted to share with you two overarching aspects of the vision we are developing for the future of Little Fork Church.

 

Gathering as a community for prayer and worship fuels our individual and communal lives. Investing time and resources to deepen and enliven our times of prayer and worship is one place where I believe God is calling us to act in the next year.

 

We are a destination church and should encourage church or community events that bring people to our beautiful location. Our rural setting, just off the beaten path, means that people will not learn about us by accidently driving or dropping by. Instead we need to embrace opportunities to get people here.

 

I hope you will join us this coming Sunday to talk specifically about how these two pieces of vison translate into the 2020 budget. Even more so, I hope that you are as excited as I am about the good work that God is doing in this place and will generously commit to support it by committing your resources, both personal and financial.

 

Peace,