“May we not love alike?”
Dear CCO Partners,
“Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?” – John Wesley
This wonderful quote from John Wesley points to our mission to “do together what can best be done together.” Wesley’s words served as inspiration for developing our theme at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks on Thursday, February 4th, held in the Crosslines warehouse. My experience working with clergy and congregations across our community confirms that we do indeed desire to “love alike” as we follow the example and teachings of Jesus, and to always link the love of God with our love for our neighbor as One Love.
The “business” of our Annual Meeting included a recap of our 2015 financials, approval of our 2016 budget, and election of new Board Members and Officers. We are delighted to welcome four new community leaders to Board Membership: Carmen Parker-Bradshaw, Cheryl Clay, the Rev. David Kendrick, and Bill Perkin. We also celebrated the service of four Board Members whose terms of Board Membership expired, or who tendered resignations: Kevin Ausburn and the Rev. Kenneth Chumbley completed two 3-year terms; Francine Pratt and Lynda Schibler tendered resignations.
I’m very excited to announce that two new Member Churches were accepted into membership during our 2016 Annual Meeting: Trinity Presbyterian Church and The Venues. We welcome these congregations and look forward to their participation in our mission!
Gatherings like our Annual Meeting remind me of the simplicity and uniqueness of our mission. “To improve the quality of life in our region through compassionate service and outreach to our most vulnerable neighbors, by doing together what can best be done together in the name of Jesus Christ.” God’s compassionate love renews and inspires us to respect the differences in how we “think”, and to serve our neighbors together out of the overflow of this One Love.
Grace and Peace,