It is the time of year when many of us send Christmas cards and letters to our friends and family. We do this as a way of maintaining connections with those who are important to us. Sometimes the cards and letters are the only time we will make a connection with some people so it is even more important to do. It is my habit to write such a letter. This is my Christmas letter to the wonderful folks of Alberta and Northwest Conference.
I have been your President for only seven months but it is enough time to be able to say that the United Church of Canada is active and alive with faith and spirit. I have visited United Churches in Okotoks, Lethbridge, Foremost, Stettler, Camrose, Rimbey, Coronation, Calgary and Edmonton. Each congregation and Presbytery has received me in friendship and I have sincerely enjoyed meeting and speaking with the people in each church.
I believe that our individual churches whether large or small, gifted and challenged, are all part of a very significant movement to maintain our particular inclusive and loving Christian denomination in an ever-growing secular society. We continue to exist to demonstrate Christian spirit and community in accordance with Jesus’ teachings.
We know that in about one year from now, our church governing structure is going to change in quite significant ways. People have asked what this will mean to their churches. I usually answer that very little will change and in fact our denomination is counting very heavily on the continuing faithful operation of the individual churches.
I wish each of you a very merry Christmas and an especially Happy New Year!
Blessings to all,
Dr. Kathy Yamashita, President of Alberta and Northwest Conference
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia