Notes from Session


Happy New Year, CCP Friends,

This month’s notes may be more like one of Elinore’s teasers…. since this Sunday, January 23, is our Annual Congregational Meeting and of course we hope to see all of you there! We’ll meet right after our Zoom service, with Rev. Carl Hilton VanOsdall moderating. Our Annual Report will arrive in your inbox on Friday, so save some time to read so much good news about various aspects of CCP. It can be hard to keep up with all that’s going on when we are not meeting in-person each week, so this will be a great time to catch up. No Costco sandwiches and cookies this year, but feel free to BYO!

We spent substantial time this month on the Treasurer’s Report and the budget for 2022. You will, of course, hear detailed information from Al in the Annual Meeting. But just to give you a sneak peek at the headline, financial news is good and allows us to “put our money where our mouth is” in terms of mission giving. And as we know, a budget is more than a budget; it really is a song about our values.

For Faith in Action, Virginia will be providing monthly updates on various parts of our work and our Interfaith work—this month updating us on some of the Vermont issues related to homelessness. With so much going on, this monthly spotlight on a particular area will help us all stay better informed and have some sense of actions we might take. Watch for this short monthly piece in our Thursday e-newsletter.

Sue reported on the meaningful Advent, Christmas and Epiphany services—and noted how the “Almost Home” theme and Sanctified Arts resources helped deepen our relationship to this season. Carl and Kristabeth’s preaching on this theme and Tom’s music made this a particularly rich time—even as we gathered for our second season on Zoom. Candles in each of our homes reminded us of our home together. We look forward to enriching our Lenten season with a thematic approach as well.

Finally, we continued our ongoing important conversations about regathering, hybrid worship, pastoral care and building our Beloved Community. More on these and other topics in our Annual Meeting on Sunday.

Oh, and did I mention there’s an Annual Meeting on Sunday? My marketing friends tell me you have to repeat your message seven times….

Warmest thoughts,
Mary Beth, for Session