Christmas 1

“The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give” (Isaiah 62:2).

With each new year comes change. 2018 will be different than 2017 just as 2017 was different than 2016. Sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is bad. Regardless, change is seldom easy.

One of the many things that is rapidly changing in our society is how we communicate with one another. While print media such as newspapers and magazines used to be the primary way of sharing information, today the internet and all the varied forms of social media have superseded print as the primary way people share information. I still greatly enjoy reading my news in a good, old-fashioned newspaper and I have yet to send my first tweet, but I realize I am in an ever-shrinking minority.

As we have looked at how we share information here at St. John’s over the past year, it has become increasingly clear that we need to streamline our communications to make them more effective, particularly for those who no longer rely on print as their primary source of information. As a result, the Leadership Board has decided that, for a one-year trial basis, we will move from a monthly Eagle newsletter to a quarterly Eagle magazine. In 2018, you will receive this more substantial and more engaging Eagle magazine in March, June, September, and December. In each of the other 8 months of the year, you will simply receive a large postcard in the mail highlighting the primary ministry events taking place in the coming month. In addition, the weekly Messenger insert in the bulletins will continue.

Moving to a quarterly Eagle will free up our staff to make our website, Facebook, and e-mail our primary and most effective means of communicating information both within the congregation and with the larger community. If you have not yet visited our website at , I invite you to do so. In addition to all the information you need to know about upcoming ministries and events, you can listen to sermons, access the weekly Messengers and daily devotions, enjoy pictures of recent congregational events, and even give to support the many ministries of St. John’s.

As I shared at the beginning of this article, change is seldom easy. Our new means of sharing information will take some getting used to and will certainly have some advantages as well as disadvantages. As this is a one-year trial, we look forward to hearing your feedback on all of our means of communication. Let us know what works and what doesn’t work as well. In the end, our goal is simply to do the best and most effective job we possibly can in sharing information with you and in communicating all the exciting ministries that are happening in and through St. John’s. Now off to my typewriter to see if I can send my first tweet, though I might stop to read the newspaper along the way!

Becoming in Christ +

Pastor Greg