My dear church,
The window in my study, at Grace UCC in Lancaster, faces the sun, so today I saw and felt the brightness and warmth coming into my window. What a blessing from God this is: to experience the wonder and awe that God shares with us if we only look. What beauty do you see around you? What blessings surround you? When we take the time to look and feel the beauty and blessings, the world feels like a much better place. The same is true for the church and for our conference.
We are getting ready for the Annual Gathering of the Ohio Conference at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. The theme is “Inspiring Stories” and we are going to experience many during our time together. In this time of transition, it is always good to come together in fellowship. The annual gathering is June 10-11. I hope to see you there.
The Ohio Conference UCC Board of Directors is continuing to work together to build community among the churches, lay leaders, pastors in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky as we listen to where God is calling us to be. The search committee is in place for an Interim Conference Minister and will now received profiles. Hopefully soon, we will begin interviewing candidates. We are hoping to call someone who helps us to continue to build community among the churches, associations, lay and pastoral leaders.
Blessings abound, of that I am sure.
Rev. Melinda Quellhorst
Pastor, Grace UCC, Lancaster
Ohio Conference Moderator