MESSAGE FROM REV. RUSS ROTH:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing
a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making
a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Huron has had a great year! We experienced some growth this year with the welcoming of Pat Goodsell; while sadly losing two valued members, Dick Palmer and Don Eygnor. We have continued to move forward. Borrowing from the success of our outdoor services, we will be hosting a Presbytery Meeting this May. This will be the farthest north a Presbytery Meeting will have been held in more than five years that I have been serving. It will, of course, be held outside. It is hoped this will inspire other small churches to host Presbytery meetings, breaking these meetings out of their mold.
We were pivotal in starting Jesus Spoke, a bicycle clinic in downtown Wolcott, providing a number of the volunteers, equipment and financing. We will be moving forward with it again this year and hopefully reaching out to the community for youth volunteers. The past year I have served as Vice-Chair of General Council. Starting this month, I am now serving as the chair. All pastors are called to service for the work of the Presbytery and this is a great honor to be asked to fill. However, I am always on the lookout for ways of furthering my outreach here at the church, reaching out to members or non-members. With your help, I am hopeful that we can draw our circle wider and reach out to draw people into a new relationship with God. Huron is a wonderful light in this community with its mission and outreach. The question for us this year is not how we can expand that but how can we expand our ministry to those that need a welcoming community. How can we invite more people in and be a new thing for new people? We’ve been making streams. Let us now bring people in to rest and hope.