We all need it, long for it, hope for it. Having another person listen and understand. Joining others for a meal, a movie, a moment in time. Sending cards on birthdays and text messages on tough days. Human beings are created for connection. With one another, yes. With our Creator, absolutely yes.
But it’s not an automatic. We cannot for one moment think that our desire to be connected will ensure it. Some people would say that it takes work to make it happen. Others suggest it’s at least effort. It certainly requires intentionality. On a rare occasion a friendship will fall into our laps. But keeping it in our lives does take tending… as does the health of any living thing.
For nearly a year, there’s been a person on the receiving end of the email address that begins with “connect.” The position that person has filled is called the Events and Communications Coordinator, a position created by the Session in hopes of helping all church members feel connected… through events and by communication. The position is not being eliminated. But the person who has filled it beautifully is stepping down at the end of the month.
That person is Joanna Elletson. And we have been blessed by her enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, and grace! She had hoped to step back months ago. But then the pandemic hit and who could have seen that coming? And with its antisocial restrictions, staying connected became all the more important. So she continued on. And took on way more than the position called for. And has fulfilled it all with enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, and grace!
If you have appreciated the Weekly Updates and the online worship services, please let her know! If you have experienced her in a gathering connecting dots no one else in the room could see, please let her know! If you’ve come to rely on Facebook posts and messages, please let her know! You know where to find her for another week: [email protected] !
And speaking of connection… we will celebrate in-person worship on Sunday, July 5th! While we will not be passing the peace or hovering over a table laden with goodies for Happiness Hour, we will be able to be together. Worshipping. Connected with one another and our Creator. Please do know that the church’s leadership wholly supports any decision to refrain from attending in-person worship services for safety reasons. There will still be online connection, phone calls, and mailings! Let’s celebrate all the ways we can be and are connected while always seeking new ways to strengthen those “ties that bind”!