1 Cor 12:1-11
Father Nathan Baxter
This coming Sunday, after the worship service, we’ll gather in the lower church to share a meal and hold our annual meeting. It will be a time to celebrate what God has done through ASAC in the past year, and to look ahead at where we believe God is leading us.
2018 has been a breakthrough year for ASAC in surprising ways that we’ve only been able to recognize in hindsight. The ministry reports presented this year indicate many of the reasons we have to give thanks for:
- Milestones achieved and tasks accomplished (see, for example, the Parish Administration Report, the Treasurer’s Report, or the Sound and Vision Report)
- Relationships strengthened and direction clarified (see, for example, the Senior Warden’s Report or the Sheep of the Good Shepherd Report)
- Momentum developed and next-steps defined (see, for instance, the Connecting with Amesbury Families Task Force Report or the Safety Task Force Report)
As you read each ministry report, take time to pause and give thanks for what God did in and through that ministry area and to pray for the needs or opportunities mentioned in that area.
You can view and download the Annual Reports Here.
The content and format of this year’s reports differ from past years in some ways (for example, you’ll see minimal description of each ministry area’s general set of responsibilities) while still doing what our church bylaws encourage and require: to make information about ministry activity available for the congregation. This year in our call for ministry reports, we invited each report to do two things: 1) Offer thanks for ways ministry team-members noticed and experienced God at work in or through that ministry area; and 2) Identify needs or opportunities that the church family could pray about or help to meet in the coming year. As a result, the collection of reports is shorter in length and serves better as a springboard for celebration and thanksgiving, as well as for discernment and follow-up.