A Haze of Possibilities

Time flies when you’re having fun. If there is any truth to this old adage then 2022 will be here before you know it.

In just nine years, we at Red Clay will celebrate our 300th anniversary.

That’s incredible. For nearly three centuries men, women and children in our congregation have gathered to pr aise God. We have prayed together and played together. We have reached beyond our walls with the love of Christ to folks in our community and folks across the world. We have baptized, married and buried thousands of loved ones.

For nearly three hundred years the saints at Red Clay have offered faithful witness to Christ!

As we look forward to our tercentennial, how then will we build on their foundation? Into what future is God leading us? For example, how might we make room for others to join us in worship either here or in another location? Would a preschool or playground extend the reach of God's grace? How might we not simply sustain but strengthen our momentum in mission? As an emerging leader in our presbytery and denomination, how might we nurture other communities of faith?

To help us grapple with these opportunities, we have put together a team that will seek to discern the movement of God’s Spirit. It includes Miles Julian, John Gast, Mike Eppeheimer, Katie Bielat, Sherrie Beattie, Linda Reisor, John McNamara, Christine Fischer, Joe Pritchett, Ruth Matteson, Mark Cozine, and Donna Reilly. Over the next year, we will gather to reflect, imagine and dream. In October, former moderator of the PCUSA, Bruce Reyes-Chow, will join us in this journey. We look forward to his guidance, wisdom and insight.

In writing about love, Paul says, “Now we see in a mirror dimly”, (I Cor. 13:12). How true. Now, when we peer into the future we behold a haze of wonderful and exciting possibilities.

In May of 2014, we will have taken another step towards our 300th anniversary, and we will see a little more clearly the future that God is preparing for us!

Grace and peace,

Patrick and Nate

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