Love, Joy, Peace...

As I reflect on this past year, I am filled with deep gratitude and awe at the journey we have shared together. It feels like just yesterday that Sherry introduced Maria and me to the congregation on that first Sunday. The warmth and welcome you extended to us are still fresh in my memory, and I am deeply thankful for the trust and patience you have shown throughout this year.

Over the past twelve months, we have experienced moments of joy and tears, growth and learning. Our worship services have been filled with a spirit of unity and dedication, and our community outreach efforts have been guided by a shared purpose. One particular moment that stands out to me is the circle of prayer we formed before the service last week. It was a powerful reminder that God is the one who began this journey with us, and it is through "More Prayer" that we continue to walk this path.

As we move into our second year of ministry together, let us carry forward the lessons we have learned and the bonds we have strengthened. Together, we can continue to serve our community, support one another, and grow in our faith.

In the words of Robert Frost, let us be inspired to continue our journey with purpose and commitment with God’s help together:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

With deep appreciation and love,

Pastor Kangse Lee

UMC of Santa Cruz
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