A community church in North Andover, Massachusetts

Out of My Mind – January 2020

Twenty-twenty? Is it possible. Of course, all year long, we’re going to be hearing all kinds of corny pun and jokes about “seeing clearly” etc., etc. “Oh oh! Look look! 2020.”

A new year always brings with it hopes and expectations for each of and as a church.

One hope we have as a church is that God will continue to guide the Search Committee in the process they have begun to seek a new settled pastor. We should be praying for them as constantly as we can. The Bible tells us to “Pray without ceasing,” and that principle should be foremost in our hearts and minds as we make this journey with the committee.

The committee will also need honest input from the congregation about your (our) hopes and dreams and expectations for whoever God is preparing to lead First-Calvary. When you receive a questionnaire, please fill it out as fully and prayerfully as you can. (Remember, sometimes the right answer is “I don’t know.”)

Another hope of our church is the continued ministries to our children, especially on Sunday mornings. “Kid’s God Talk” and Fellowship hour activities have been well received by the children (and their parents). The first Sunday in December we arranged to have the children rejoin the congregation during the communion service, and it was wonderful to have the entire church at the table. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” With God’s help, that’s happening here.

This “hope” may seem to be jumping the gun a bit, but maybe not. The Deacons have planned a follow-up retreat to build on the September gathering. Please keep Saturday, February 8 for it. It will probably run 9 a.m. – noon, but the details will need to be finalized with the Deacons and the presenter, Judy Branch.

“As the days get longer, the cold gets stronger.” I’m sure we’ll have plenty of winter to weather (sorry) before it gets warm again. But then again, to live in New England and complain about cold winters is like going into a seafood restaurant and complaining there’s almost no beef on the menu, if any at all.

My hope for you in 2020 is that God will bless you with good health and much happiness.


Pastor Rob Branch, interim