Notes from Liz
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services,
but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates
all of them in everyone.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
In the month since I arrived in Harmony, I've met a lot of people at Greenfield, St. Matthew's, and St. Paul's, also at
Harmony Manor, Clara House, and the Harmony Care Center. I've met a lot of people. Aside from the titanic task to
remember so many names and faces, I have the great joy of getting to know all of you – hearing your stories of hope
and joy, sorrow and struggle, and the ways that your faith sustains you through it all.
This getting to know you process often involves asking and answering a variety of questions. One of the questions that I've
been asking is, "What makes this congregation special and an important part of the community?" It may not be a question you've
had occasion to ask yourself or if you have, maybe you haven't talked to anyone else about it. Let's change that! Over the next
weeks and months I plan to ask a lot of questions, not only to build relationships, but also to learn some of the
ways that God is present and active in our community, the ways that God is calling us to serve and love one another and our
neighbors, and the ways in which God has gifted us with the abilities to do so.
I cannot tell you all how grateful and blessed I feel to be joining the congregations of Greenfield, St. Matthew's, and St. Paul's
for ministry. It is my hope that we will all grow in faith, hope, and love as live out our baptismal callings.