In mid-November the NACAR Board of Directors met for our semi-annual face-to-face meeting. We gathered on a Friday afternoon and concluded our time together on Sunday evening. We welcomed new Board member, Barbara Roth, and a new staff member, Carla Rush. We also said good-bye to Board Member Sr. Elizabeth Avalos and expressed our gratitude for her 3 years of service.
Through our days together the words “gratitude” and “gift” kept coming to mind. As we progressed through a lengthy agenda we found many opportunities to be grateful. We are grateful for the NACAR staff who works above and beyond to serve you, our members. We are grateful for each and every Board Member and for the gifts each one brings. We are grateful to YOU, for whom we have the pleasure to serve.
I came across an article titled True Friendship. As I read it I was reminded of our time together as a Board and relationships as a Covenant Companion. In many ways it is Luke’s story of Mary and Elizabeth. True friendship includes a shared sense of caring and concern, of sharing in one another’s joy, and desire to see one another grow and develop. True friendship involves action: doing something for someone else while expecting nothing in return; sharing thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or negative criticism. Good relationships require trust, accountability, encouragement, forgiveness, and dependability. I am grateful to experience this in my NACAR and Associate relationships. In this season of gratitude and gifts consider how NACAR is a support to you. Consider how you might share your gifts with NACAR. Consider sharing the gift of NACAR with others.
In this issue:
NACAR Website Resources
Several resources for members have been added to the NACAR website
Associate Barbara Darling crosses a border to forgiveness in her heart
Being Peace in the Inner City
Associate Anita Davidson tells of her ministry in Columbus
Breathing in the Spirit
Associate leaders gather for a four-day NACAR retreat