December 2021 Newsletter


“Taste, and see that the Lord is good,” says the psalmist. Some years leave a great taste, while others... What "taste" will 2021 leave with us? COVID changed the menu, globally and at Menlo Church, in a year of huge change. Despite that, here is some of what your faithful generosity affected this past year:

  • The transition of pastors tasted bittersweet; in the loss of world-class communication and inspiration, we saw new, gifted pastors stepping up, voicing God’s great faithfulness for Menlo, in the future and right NOW.
  • After 17+ months of absence, greeting friends and visitors in-person made worship taste fresh and precious. The sight and sound of children and teens on campus felt like a return to life in all its fullness, even wearing masks!
  • A 38-year season of ministry to seniors ended when Frank Vanderzwan "left the building," as his successors bring fresh, caring energy. Nothing tastes like faithful care.
  • The irrepressible generosity of this community fed a broken world in hard times, even as serving the meals, hands-on ministry, had to change with social distancing.
  • A Spiritual Formation Retreat and hundreds who signed up for Adult Discipleship Labs demonstrated a hunger to find and follow Jesus in hard times, as well as good ones.

What would you add to the list? Most of us are eager for a different kind of year in 2022, even as we saw God’s faithfulness through the struggle and loss. I have new appreciation for church, the gathering of saints and sinners who experience the grace and love of Jesus when together.

Gary Haugen’s sermon still rings in my ears: “The people of God are most who they are meant to be when the world is least as it was meant to be.” I want Menlo’s 2022 legacy to include that blessing, so I exhort you, whether it’s ludicrously generosity or life-stretching service, join us in the great game our Lord wants us to play! To do so, I invite you to include Menlo Church in your year-end gift.

With you,

John Crosby

Transitional Pastor


This holiday season, we are filled with joy to come together as a church family! We'll sing carols, enjoy hot cocoa, and hear an inspiring message on how we can experience peace this Christmas. Everybody's welcome! DETAILS + TIMES


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