From The Board By: Cheryl Brush

Ahhh....the dog days of summer! The Mariner game has come and gone, the church picnic at Pudge’s Broken Shovel Ranch is days away (as of this writing) and traveling church members are returning to the pews. The calendar page turns next to September—the start of school and autumn.

Your board is anticipating a full agenda this fall and starting in September (Monday, September 14 at 6 PM) we will meet monthly for the rest of the year. Our focus will be on the annual stewardship drive and preparing the 2016 budget and leadership nominations. The annual church retreat on Oct 9-10 will provide a change of pace and meditative time together.

Our Personnel Team has been activated and will oversee the pastor’s six-month review. The Finance Team and Nominations Team will be at attention working on the aforementioned budget and slate of officers/elders/deacons. We encourage everyone to pray about these issues and to consider where your talents can be used.

In addition, our Property Furnishings Team is ramping up its work since the building walls are up and the roof is under construction! The use of a storage unit was gifted to the church and cur- rently holds 100 free chairs we received from The Horizon House (on a tip from Katy Lloyd!). Brent Long, his friend Tim and Al Terry pro- vided the legs and arms (and backs!) to move the chairs.

Finally, forming a Labyrinth Ministry Team is also on the “To Do” list and anyone with an interest in this ancient meditation is invited to participate. I will be attending the monthly labyrinth walk at Plymouth Church/UCC (1217 Sixth Avenue) and would love to share the experience. The next walk will be Thursday, September 10, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Did you know that labyrinths have been known to the human race for over 4,000 years and can be found in almost every religious tradition in the world? The book (Rev Chris has a copy for loan) Walking A Sacred Path—Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool by Dr. Lauren Artress details the historical origins of the labyrinth and shares the experiences of modern- day seekers. We will have a chance to walk a labyrinth at our October retreat.