Margaret is making progress with her recovery, and will continue to be out on medical leave at least through May 16. MMC clerk Karen Garraputa will check in with Margaret to see when she will be able to return to work, and she may require a reduced or flexible schedule to transition back. Please continue to hold Margaret and her family in the light. Margaret’s work cell phone is being carried by members of MMC, and pastoral care needs are triaged and handled. Deborah Seuss will be serving New Garden in a limited, contract-basis, capacity for the month of May, and will assist with pastoral care needs.

I am delighted to share that Bill Eagles, long time New Garden member and friend in many capacities, has agreed to bring the prepared message for semi-programmed meeting for worship on May 8.

The traditional baby and child dedication is being reimagined as we transition out of pandemic time; look for future notice of this beloved New Garden practice.

Attenders to Meeting for Worship and all meeting events are reminded that masks are required in the building. We continue this practice (even as some others in the community have stopped masking) as an act of inclusion, protecting those who are unvaccinated, and living into the testimony of care for the community.

If you know of a need for pastoral care, please feel welcome to contact me or call the New Garden cell phone number – 336-338-1986.