A Note from Cathy Sedacca (December 2021)

Gloria Dei Church Council President

Animal lover and selfie-taker

At the December Council meeting, we conducted the typical business of reviewing the treasurer’s report, the stewardship campaign update and the Rise, O Church update. All are progressing as expected. Other discussion at the meeting included:

COVID and Christmas Worship Services. Because the COVID Safety Task Force disbanded a few months ago when COVID seemed to be retreating, staff was interested in the Council’s input given the current spike in numbers. In particular, staff was considering safety for the Christmas in-person worship services. The Council agreed that the pastors and staff are best equipped to make any necessary changes, even at the last minute. Ongoing, it is better to equip pastor and staff to make adjustments when needed.

Becoming an anti-racist church. The council agreed to move forward with this work. The process, with Peter Harrits who is a member of the synod staff and trained in administering the Intercultural Development Inventory, is underway with the council.

New Members. Pastor Javen shared information about the November new member group, which included 13 new households. The Council welcomes them all to Gloria Dei.

The Council and I wish you a new year with health, happiness and blessings. Thank you for your ongoing support of Gloria Dei.