Happy New Year everyone!
I hope that your holidays went well and that you were able to wrap up all of 2017 loose ends. As we move into the New Year we are often thinking of ways how we might improve ourselves, adopting good habits whether they are related to our physical health, emotional, or spiritual health.
Did you know that being part of a community group leads to better results in all of these categories. I continue to come across articles that encourage and promote people to work against this epidemic of loneliness that seems to be creeping into our lives. Here is one of those articles: [The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health - The New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/well/mind/how-loneliness-affects-our-health.html)
This is why I think all of us should make an effort to come to church. Church is more than simply worshipping God, it is a safe place for people to come together and connect with other human beings walking this journey of life we’re all on. Whether it is having a chat with an retiree who can offer some advice to a young professional or having a fellow parent in share the trying times of raising a teen, church is that place where relationships like these can be cultivated.
And so feel free to take advantage of church as a resource. Doing this will set a good example to your children and to the people around you. Church, the events, the programs, these are just the means to an end. The end being that we all acknowledge that we have a God who is walking with us and who is calling us together to love, support, and do what we can to make the homes, jobs, schools, and communities in which we participate better places.
This January we will begin doing one service project a month at our Evensong services. We will be starting a Bible study bi-weekly gathering at our new place in Greenwich (yes, the Garan’s are coming to town!), we’ll have our traditional Sunday morning services, and many more events and programs for all to take part in. That is what we can do. Here is what I ask on your end. That maybe you can calendar in two activities a month, whether it is church, youth group, confirmation, Bible study, or a service project.
This will help our church get the year off on the right foot and I believe in the end, will become a huge blessing to you in turn.
Please pray for our church as we pray for you.
With much love and many blessings I write you,
Reverend Shawn Garan,
Associate Pastor at Second Congregational Church of Greenwich.