As I was driving to New Branches one day this week, I noticed a neighbor’s maple tree had turned fully red. Most of the other trees are still mostly green with small patches of yellows, oranges, and reds. This one tree, though, announced the season change.
Like many of you, I didn’t need to see the red maple leaves to know that summer is over. My calendar is suddenly more full than it’s been in recent months. RAT has begun planning Advent (which is only a couple months away), the Gardeners have begun to prepare the grounds for winter, and Council has had conversations about stewardship and sustainability.
We also had an exciting Recovenanting Sunday with the fire alarm going off. In spite of that we have a great new covenant for this program year. New Branches staff have begun to talk about the holiday worship schedule and what we will share together. There’s even the possibility of a Winter Concert put on by New Branches talent.
Amidst all of this gearing up and settling into fall rhythms, you may have experienced some difficulties with our website or email this week. Please know that these are a result of working with free hosting and domain registrar services. Although such things are free in a monetary sense, they do require hours of skilled intervention and troubleshooting in order to keep them functional. This week’s event involved very old DNS and MX records, from years ago, being linked back to the livingtable.org domain, and interfering with our email deliverability. Erika was able to fix these issues for us as a donation, beyond the normal work she does for us maintaining and securing our online tech stack and email services.
A big thank you to Erika for getting us literally back on-line! Also much gratitude to all of you have contributed to sustaining the vitality of our community. In the weeks to come we will explore together how we can continue to sustain our presence and ministry into the future.
In the meantime, I hope you all find time to enjoy the beauty of the season as it unfolds. May we also all experience the joy and power of being a part of such a lively community of faith.
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