Dear CCOV Family,
Wasn’t there lots of good energy in worship last Sunday? I am so grateful that you voted at our annual meeting to give Dr. Dick Wing and I an opportunity to co-pastor for the next few months. And I heartily hope this will turn into a permanent arrangement. He certainly brings a lot of new energy to the pulpit! And wasn’t the music was absolutely spectacular? We were blessed to get to know yet another FOL (Friend of Larry) as we do the first Sunday of every month. I’m glad we had such a crowd to hear both Larry Loeber and Lan Qui, who offered his invigorating violin music that celebrated Chinese New Year. Adding to the crowd and energy were the Boy Scouts from Troop 649. Each year CCOV UCC looks forward to our joint worship celebration when we get to see and hear these fine young men and their leaders and thank them for all they contribute to the life of our church.
Troop 649’s recent contributions involved coordinating our joint collections of coats for refugees and nonperishable food items. Clint and I stuffed dozens of coats in our car—all donated by you and Troop 649—and drove them to Tucson on January 27. We gave them to members of Casa Adobes UCC who are leading the drive there so that no border refugee goes cold. Casa Adobes UCC will take all collected coats to Catholic Charities, who will ultimately distribute them. Additionally, there were so many nonperishable food items collected that the Boy Scouts had to call for a truck from St. Mary’s Food Bank to come haul everything away. Over the past few weeks I kept thinking to myself when I walked into the narthex, which was overflowing with coats and food: This is one thoroughgoing Christian church here! We have truly heard Jesus’ words from Matthew 25:35-36: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Let us continue living lives marked by such well-directed energy and generosity. See you Sunday!
Grace and Peace,