– Helen Hunt Jackson
“By all the lovely tokens, September days are here, With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
While we are transitioning from the lazy days of summer to the more energetic (and sometimes frenetic) days of autumn, we continue to be busy here at the fellowship.
In our on-going effort to ensure the safety of the members and friends of the fellowship, Miranda Van Horn and I had the opportunity to meet with a PA State Trooper who works in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Domestic Security Section. He came out to our fellowship to review our layout and processes with the goal of making suggestions to increase our safety. While we haven’t seen the final report with his recommendations, we did have a great discussion regarding some of the things we might want to consider implementing. The good news is that there are some things we can implement at a fairly low cost. I will be presenting the report to the Board during our meeting on September 22 and will then share out to the greater membership after that.
I’m also excited to report that I will be participating in a year-long learning and connection program for smaller congregations entitled “Small numbers, Infinite Possibilities”. The goal of the program is to help small congregations such as ours to reach toward their greatest potential. Some of the webinar topics are “Smalls make a big difference” and “Stewardship and Sustainability for the long haul”. I am optimistic that there will be some great take-aways that we can apply here that will continue to strengthen our community and set us up for a brighter future. The registration fee includes any members of the fellowship who would like to participate. If you would like to join in, let me know.
And since September seems to be the kick-off of “Harvest Season”, I would be remiss by not mentioning all the great work that the Garden Committee has been doing under the leadership of Ginny Knight. The ongoing harvest has included spinach, kale, lettuce, beets, peas and garlic. If you entered the fellowship from the back, you saw how big and healthy the garlic heads were. They have done a great job this year with the garden which ultimately benefits those in need through the Pottstown Cluster. Thank you to all who helped with the garden.
And if you don’t have a green thumb and want to help out the fellowship, remember, we are always looking for “a few good people” to serve on other committees. Just let myself or a committee chair know how you would like to help.