As I write this, it is still October and we’ve yet to bid our fond farewells and best wishes to Rev. Rob Williams and to Nora Williams. Rob’s last Sunday before he retires is October 30. We are expecting former members from out of the area to join us that day.

Elizabeth Campbell and Virgil Roberson have graciously offered their home for a reception for Rob & Nora immediately following worship. Food and fun is in store for us.

Not only will we be saying farewell to Rob & Nora but also to Carolyn Giles as she prepares to move to Delaware. It is a sad time for many of us.

The good news is that Rob has done yeoman service in preparing us for this time of uncertainty and next-steps. With hardly skipping a beat, the church keeps a-humming.

We already have a supervisor assigned to us by the Classis of Rockland-Westchester of the Reformed Church in America. He is the Rev. Tom Danney, former pastor of the First Reformed Church of Nyack and the clerk and treasurer of the classis. Tom will be attending the Consistory meetings and guiding the Interim Minister Search Committee toward the hiring of an interim.

The search committee has interviewed two promising candidates to be our interim and has scheduled a second interview with one of them. By December we hope one of them will be in place. This person will be our worship leader, provide pastoral care, handle administrative duties, and help navigate us through this time of possible merger.

In the meantime the search committee is scheduling guest preachers for Sunday services until the interim is hired.

The UCSV-GPC Dialogue Committee has been meeting every Thursday evening to iron out details of a possible merger. Along the way they will give us updates and ask for our input.

Olde Fashioned Christmas is in the works for December 10. Thankfully, Judi Cramer and Gladys Fincher have volunteered to help coordinate this joyous occasion. Germonds Presbyterian Church is looking forward to joining us and will help provide woman and man power to be sure the Christmas tree goes up and there are people to lead the crafts.

Looking ahead at the finances of our church, the Consistory in October met with our financial advisors, Marvin Zektzer and his daughter Carly Zektzer. The Consistory sought their advice on the handling of the portfolio in the event of a merger with Germonds and heard that retaining our building as a mission site was feasible.

The Sunday School children are looking forward to their annual Advent Workshop and are rehearsing for the Christmas Pageant. The youth group meets twice a month with Fred Brown continuing to serve as their advisor.

God will provide, we are taught. Certainly we have been blessed in many ways. Let our hearts be filled with thanksgiving and praise.

Marianne B. Leese  – Crossties Editor

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