Interim Pastor Bob Coats has begun his ministry with us, having served at God's calling in numerous capacities according to His will. While eligible for retirement in the traditional sense, Pastor Coats validates what many ministers have discovered: that they never truly retire. God likes to keep them active in His service!
(Note the bio on the "Our Pastor" web page.)
Doris Dickerson Circle
In September the Women's Circle resumed its monthly meeting schedule following the summer break. Members committed to projects for helping needy persons at Christmas time. They also made plans for an upcoming gathering.
Those plans were fulfilled in October at Pastor Bob Stradling's retirement celebration dinner. The Circle provided a beautiful, yummy variety of food to accommodate anyone's preferences, even causing some of the guests to give in to temptation and ignore their diets. (Forgive us, folks.)
At the November meeting the Doris Dickerson Circle viewed items--both purchased and handmade--to be given as Christmas gifts to several people in nursing homes. It was announced that member contributions to the Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box Ministry were delivered to a collection site this month. Currently, the Circle members are purchasing toys to donate to the Salvation Army Christmas Toys drive.
In December the Doris Dickerson Circle met for a lovely Christmas luncheon and fellowship provided by one of our members in her home. We praise God for His guidance as we carried out our projects to benefit those who are needy.