Each Sunday service reminds me of the great blessing God has given us in the form of Rev. Cassandra. While I am relatively new to Christ Church Clinton, I can see the great progress we have made under her leadership these last 2 years. Whether it is the live nativity at Christmas, sunrise service on Easter, a thoughtful sermon or bible study along the route that Apostle Paul journeyed, her creativity has enlivened us.
Others of you, with much longer tenure, share with me your sense of the positive changes that the church has undergone. We have witnessed a rise in the number of attendees, baptisms, confirmations and missions. She will tell you, and I agree that we have all grown more hopeful. You sense a kindness and gentility among our congregants. Rev. Cassandra’s energy, skill, compassion and will have helped us move from the brink of closure to a growing, active community of Christ followers.
She has positioned our church to achieve greater heights. I look forward to seeing our membership grow, our outreach expand and our spiritual understanding blossom in the weeks and months ahead. To get there, we will all need to find ways to engage and to serve. Those of us in leadership roles must continue to reach out to less active members to encourage and welcome their participation in church activities and missions. I also hope our less active members will respond favorably to the overtures of our leaders. If you have not been as active, you will discover nothing more fulfilling than your service to others. You will help others, support our church and enrich your life.
Rev. Cassandra has opened up limitless possibilities for us. Now we need your ideas and willingness to make them realities. Recently the Men of the church experimented with a Sunday Brunch. Eric organized the men who all pitched in and we had a fabulous event, with great food and fellowship. We were surprised by and grateful for the number of people that participated. This is one example of what is possible if we work together.
Indeed, we are on our way. I can only imagine what we will be this time next year as we experience the Wonders of Rev. Cassandra.