Looking forward to 2020 and reflecting on 2019…
If you were able to join us for the Christmas Eve Service, I know that you were blessed through the service and in worship of our Lord. It was a wonderful service reminding us of the blessings and gifts that we are given through Jesus Christ birth. I hope that you had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!
With the New Year comes the changing of Session roles. I will be assuming the lead role for Personnel Committee. Thank you for your confidence and providing me with this opportunity to serve our Lord.
John Lowe has guided our Personnel and been in that role since its inception. To follow in John footsteps is impossible, but I will do my best to learn from the role he has modeled and the guidelines he and the Session have established. John has graciously agreed to continue on Personnel Committee; as have Toby Morgan and Frank Thomason.
John did an amazing job in establishing this committee and defining its role. I want to reflect briefly on some of those accomplishments. This is certainly not an inclusive list but a sampling of some of those changes. John has guided the Session in updating all policy and procedures around personnel, including implementing several new needed processes and improving the staff feedback process. He has worked diligently to include each of us within the church family and community into the formal feedback process. Both he and the staff desire your feedback and have established a culture of open communication to assure there is opportunity all year long for your input, and not just at year end. John has guided session to align staff salaries to an appropriate range. And as always John is a leader and very visible in many projects the Session finds appropriate. I ask you to join me in thanking John for all of his dedication and hard work both now and in the future! He is always looking for new ways to serve our church and our Lord.
John has asked that I let you know he will be summarizing the Pastoral Feedback this month and sharing that information with the Session. We would like to thank each of you for participating in that process.
It is always important as we begin planning for a new year that we make our primary focus to ask God what he would like to see us accomplish for this year, and to ask for his wisdom and guidance, in all our planning. The following is a New Year’s Prayer that I love and adopt daily and would like to share with you.
We look forward to working with you, and for you, in 2020. If you have any feedback for me please call me at 704-798-4572; or email me @ [email protected]; or leave me a note in the church office.

Thank You all, 
                                                                                       Cindy Grant