Musings from the Pastor
Your session at itís meeting on February
18, 2003 voted to call a Congregational Meeting for the purpose of
presenting to the entire congregation a presentation on a Larger Parish in
the Presbytery of the Palisades on March 9, 2003 immediately following
worship. There are already two churches who are very interested in this
creative idea. Our congregation is one which is being asked to consider
becoming a part of this concept. At this point no one is asking First
Presbyterian Church of Moonachie to make a decision about this possibility,
only that we hear the ideas that are being presented and consider the
advantages this might offer to our congregation.
This is one of many possible visions for
our future that could be related to our efforts at Congregational
Transformation. We might decide as a congregation that this is a wonderful
opportunity, or we might decide that it does not suit us at this time, or we
might decide that we need to hear more and take more time to make a
decision. Whatever we decide, I pray that we will bring open minds and
hearts to hear what God is offering to us as an alternative.
Each of you should know that three of
our members have been involved in the task force that has put together the
form that a Larger Parish might take. Elders Donna Bright, Jim Frandsen and
Linda Pasquino have taken part in the meetings of the task force.
I would remind you all of what I said
last month. None of us yet has a clear view of what God may have in store
for us as we move into the future. We are still in that time of prayerful
discernment. But to immediately decide that any particular idea will not
work, is to cut ourselves off from the possibilities that God may see for
our future. I ask that you attend the congregational meeting, listen
carefully, ask questions, pray for Godís guidance and be open.