We had our annual meeting just three days ago (as I write this).  It was wonderful with lots of participation by members.  It was nice to have changes proposed to the bylaws and budget as presented by the board.  Neither the board nor the finance committee are perfect and I am glad when the congregation participates to assist them to get it right.

Two days later we had our first board meeting with the new members.  It was exciting to see the new energy and viewpoints from Ruth Halpert, Patricia Balfour and Sherry Robinson.  The board appointed Julian Rush as our Vice President for one year.  We will elect his replacement for a one-year term at the next annual meeting.  I think this is going to be a great year for our board and out church.  Speaking of the board, this will be my last year as President, I am termed out.  Please start thinking ab out who you want to be President next year, do you want the job, do you know someone who would be a good President?

In less than five weeks from the time you read this, we will be taking “A Walk on the Red Carpet” at our annual auction.  Please start planning your dinners, parties, brunches and other activities for sale at the auction.  Also please think about gift certificates, quality items and services you can contribute to the auction.  This is our big fun and fund-raising evening at the church.

I am looking forward to an exciting and busy year in 2019.  We are gaining new members, getting our finances in order and we continue to be a light of progressive faith in the northwest Phoenix area.