My, how quickly the days pass. It’s hard for me to believe that we are already halfway through the church year. Furthermore, this year we are celebrating 50 years in our beautiful Montemalaga church. So this evening, as President Obama delivers the State of the Union address, I find myself pondering the state of our church. Just as with our nation, we have come through some difficult times, and perhaps some of us still feel a bit shaky and uncertain as we look to the future. And while we will undoubtedly have some more difficult times ahead, I’m confident that things are perking up and the future of PUC is bright.
One spot that seems particularly bright is reflected in the fine work being done by our Preschool Task Force. Hopefully most of you know that we are working hard this year to figure out whether, how and when to replace the preschool that that met in PUC for many years. For a lot of reasons, and after careful consideration of alternatives, your Trustees have chosen to investigate developing our own, PUC-affiliated preschool rather than simply renting out our space. To this end, we have chartered a task force to explore this issue this year. That team has been doing terrific work and have moved from a simple spreadsheet Godfrey created in August, to a robust plan on how we might support a Fall 2015 opening of Pacific Sage Preschool. To this end, they have recently created a lovely Facebook page and sent out the first of three mailings to judge the market; seeking input from interested parents in the surrounding area. If you know of anyone in our area, with children between three and five, please point them our way! Your Trustees and the members of the Preschool Task Force will be working together throughout the remainder of January and into February to decide whether to commit to this exciting and important new undertaking.
So as I reflect on the state of our church, I realize that I’m proud to be your President in this important year here at PUC, and I’m humbled by the talent, commitment and generosity I see all around me in this our beloved congregation.
President, PUC Board of Trustees