I send out fewer cards every year - but this is the letter than I am including this year.
It has been a very good year for Chuck and I and we look forward in anticipation to whatever surprises God has for us in 2013.
As I write this Chuck’s cookie making stuff is all over the kitchen. He is getting ready for his annual “Christmas Tea” at the end of the week. He and his friend John have been doing this for the past 8 years – an hour for people to spend time together over a cup of tea. Chuck and John are always dressed up in vests and ties and are our wonderful hosts.
. We are blessed to be in good health (correction: Chuck says “fairly good”) and have a full and rich life here in Columbus. Chuck has added one new endeavor this fall – he has been buying the contents of storage units. It is so perfect for a man with his gifts for fixing things up, wheeling and dealing and giving things away. Our garage, back porch and basement are pretty full these days – but it is really fun to be part of this “treasure hunting.”
My life as pastor of Karl Road Christian Church continues to be busy and satisfying. I am very pleased that this year our church did intentional study around the issue of homosexuality and we now have a welcoming statement naming ourselves as a church of radical hospitality. My learning has been that if the church does not speak about this – our silence gives assent to those who would exclude and condemn the GLBT community.
The family is all doing well and the grandchildren are growing into really wonderful and interesting people. One of the highlights of our family life was the marriage of Shane and Brittany this spring and I was honored to officiate. It was a beautiful and very fun wedding.
My hope for all of you is that you have a blessed holiday season. We celebrate the one who came to show us a way of life that is full of compassion, peace, hope and joy. My prayer is that you are able to receive it all this year.
Love Margot and Chuck