You will understand that not all the news relevant to a local congregation is suited for publication in our church magazine. Therefore, we will choose only those news items that in our view are relevant to all of us. We ask you not to take offence if certain information is not published. We will try to be as objective as possible in selecting news items. Our purpose is to highlight major news and events that relate to:
*Building, purchase, renovation of churches;
*Important highlights in the congregation, such as the anniversaries of institution;
*Ordination/ installation/ farewell of minister;
*Projects, such as volunteer work of youth groups, mission field trips, work groups for Word & Deed and other projects, etc.
If necessary, we will follow up on news items by contacting the bulletin editor or pastor. Please keep in mind that this column is not meant to be an announcement page of births, weddings, etc., but only a record of what is going on in the churches.
Since The Messenger is a monthly magazine, it seems unavoidable that some of the information will appear some time after the event has taken place. Because this column will present what we have gleaned from the bulletins, we think that a suitable title would be Gleanings from the churches. These gleanings will be as brief and concise as space allows.
It is the expectation of the Publications Committee that this new column will fill a need and it is hoped that it may serve as a means of the bonding of our churches. The column will appear on a trial basis and if it is found that it does not serve its purpose, it will be discontinued upon evaluation. In order that I do not carry this burden alone, my wife has promised to assist me in this work. Please bear with us, as we anticipate some Ògrowing pains.Ó