Dear Friends in Christ,
As I begin my year as Moderator of the Presbytery, I would like to share a few thoughts with the Presbytery.
First of all, I would like to say a huge “Thank You” to Lynn Bova, our outgoing Moderator. Lynn has been a great colleague and guide as I have been serving as Vice Moderator. Lynn will continue to serve the Presbytery this year as the Chairperson of Council, and her gifts will be put to great use in this capacity. I would also like to thank Adrian Doll, who just finished up his three-year term of service, first as Vice Moderator, then Moderator and most recently as Chair of Council. Adrian has had many challenges in the course of his time of service, but he has remained faithful and brought us inspiration in his calling to serve the Presbytery.
As I look to the year ahead, I am very grateful to have Jay Salvage as Vice Moderator, and I am already convinced we will make a great team as he, Lynn and I serve the Presbytery together. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, ALL the members of the Presbytery for the gifts and talents you bring to your service here in Maumee Valley.
Yesterday I mentioned a book that Jan Edmiston, one of the Co-Moderators of the General Assembly, is urging all Presbyterians to read. It is written by Debby Irving and is entitled “Waking Up White - And Finding Myself in the Story of Race.” The book has been deemed “a wake up call for white people who want to consciously contribute to racial justice rather than unconsciously perpetuate patterns of racism.”
As we move forward into God’s future, we know we are doing so in a divided and troubled nation. I urge you all to read this book. If there are requests, we can have copies available at the February Presbytery meeting. Please let me know if you would like to order one in advance. It is widely available in bookstores and on-line. Please read the book, think about it, and be prepared to engage in meaningful discussions regarding ways we can move ahead together. As people of God, our agenda is a constant - “to seek justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.” This book will give us some ideas of better ways to live out that calling, and we begin some conversations on the topic in February.
As we continue in this season of gratitude and look ahead to the coming celebrations of God’s light entering the world’s darkness, I pray that God will guide and direct us all as we seek to follow where Christ leads us. May we all encounter unexpected blessings in the months to come.
Yours in Christ,
Mary Jane Saunders
Moderator, Maumee Valley Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green
From the Church Cookbook
Contributed by Donna and Ralph Olson
3 cups white flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1-1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup honey
2 3/4 cup milk
Mid the dry ingredients; cut the softened butter into the flour mixture. Add honey and milk, mixing LIGHTLY. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan and line bottom with greased waxed paper. Bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour or slightly longer. Remove from pan and cook on rack.
(Handwritten note in book reads “Bake a little longer")