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It's an old English idiom of unknown origin, but we all know what it means.

Moving from Colorado to Texas as a child, it took me awhile to understand that not all deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall; some shed their old leaves in the spring - oaks for example. I would wait as spring progressed to finally see oak trees begin dropping their leaves. Why? Because it was cold? No, most of the cold had passed.  Rather, it was because the tiny green head of a new leaf was pushing up from the branch and displacing the older leaf that had had its season. Raking leaves in the spring at first seemed odd to me but I understood why it was necessary: the tree was turning over a new leaf.

2019 will see a number of new leaves emerging as prescriptive from our Healthy Church Initiative process - new classes, new membership and discipleship processes, new worship experiments, new missional focus point,s and new outreach initiatives that will involve all of us. The first of these will be our Covenant Renewal and High Attendance Sunday, January 13.  We are encouraging everyone to be talking it up and inviting all members of our church to attend. It will be a festive day of worship and celebration of our "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5-6). It will also mark the turning of some leaves in 2019.

Held with you in faith,

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Matt Gaston
Lead Pastor