Happy Advent! Happy 60th Anniversary!
Yes, that’s right, Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church is 60 years old. What a milestone! What a tribute to God’s leading and direction! What great stuff we will do in the future!
As you read this, we will have just finished the beginning of our Anniversary year. Starting a little early, you may be thinking...and you are correct. The church year, or the liturgical year, starts with the first Sunday in Advent. So this Sunday just past seemed a wonderful time to start our celebrating. And, we get a bonus month to celebrate if we do it this way, because we can carry it through all of the 2019 calendar year.
What a start! Three baby dedications, four baptisms, and dedicating new paraments for use in the church in memory of Rev. C. Roland Marcus. And of course, a meal after Worship for all to partake in. What wonderful fellowship and friendship we have in our church family, and what a joy to see each other grow in Christ and in faith.
It’s going to be a special advent season, with the theme based on some of our beloved carols and hymn of Christmas. Carols that Lead us to the Christ Child. That’s what we will call it. What wonderful Worship Services we will have, leading us up to our Christmas Eve Service, when we get to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus. I send my very best wishes to each family this newsletter touches, with greetings of the season and hopes for a meaningful and lovely advent and Christmas.
And then beyond advent, in 2019, as we put away decorations and ponder the New Year, we will be thinking “What will we do in our 60th year?” Some ordinary things, some special things, some things God has in mind for us, some things I am thinking about, some things that you will come up with over the year. The specifics are not all yet laid down, but I know it’s going to be a fantastic year to serve God in this place. Serving God...that sounds like a theme doesn’t it? And that sounds like what we do best.
Blessings and Love,
Pastor Karen Johnson