January has its own energy. Years ago, I encountered this Howard Thurman poem and it is still the best summation I’ve ever found of that special January energy:
When the song of angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
then, the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among people,
to make music in the heart.
- As Oakhurst Presbyterian embraces anew that never out-of-season work, I’d like to share these updates:
The letter-writing campaign that our youth initiated after experiencing racism in Montreat last summer has yielded results: the Conference Center’s policies now explicitly state that racism will not be tolerated, and each youth has received a handwritten letter from the Conference Center’s president, Richard DuBose. Separately, Aliya Epps is on the Youth Conference’s 2018 Planning Team and it was she who came up with the conference’s title: “Lift Every Voice.”
- On 1/14, we’ll commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with OPC’s annual breakfast, featuring Tommy Teaver’s salmon croquettes. This year will also include a tribute to Tommy in his retirement. Then, John Barnes will step beyond his musical expertise to be our special speaker during Sunday School and our guest preacher during worship! Don’t miss it!
- On 1/21, our new officers will be ordained and installed: deacons Mary Kottkamp, David Schutten, Vince Smith and Magnolia Walker, and elders Susan Brown, Clifton Green, Joyce Kuhstoss, Anna Magnes (starting her one-year youth elder term) and Jackie Randolph. This is a good time to thank the officers who are completing their terms: Teleshia Brown, Aliya Epps, Kevin Madison, Amy Marti, Loren Munson, Chrys Rogers, Yolanda Ross, Jane Royall and Mary Smarr.
- Your pastors are joining others within our denomination in reading Debbie Irving’s Waking Up White as our devotional during Epiphany. Please join us!
New Year blessings,