Sunday May 1st will be exactly 3 years since I have had the privilege and honor to become Pastor here at McLean Community Church UCC. Looking back over those years I can't begin to tell you how pleased and proud I am of what we have accomplished together. I know that this has only been made possible by the continuing enthusiasm, effort and support offered by each of you and all of you. I truly see church and community as a wonderful blessing that God has give to me and believe that if we are willing to continue to look to God for guidance and inspiration that we will be led to even more wonderful blessings in the future. I am sure that we are all delighted in seeing growth in the number of families and children that we continue to experience. I am also sure that we understand that with that growth come new and exciting challenges that must be met. So what do we do now? We begin with open discussions to identify the needs and challenges. We look at what is working, what needs a bit of tweaking, what needs to be overhauled and what is missing. We proceed by identifying the resources, gifts and talents, suggestion and ideas that lie within our congregation and community. Then we roll up our sleeves and begin applying the latter to the former. However, we have to realize that all this begins with the sharing of thoughts and ideas by as many of us as possible. My challenge to myself and everyone is to initiate and encourage this discussion. That the Church Council, all the boards and committees put on their agendas to have a discussion about what they would like to see happen. Then we prayerfully look to God for guidance and allow our faith to lead us forward, believing through that faith that the "little church with the big heart" is also the "little church that can"