It's about time I welcomed all of our guests and new members. I've welcomed some individually, but I'm sure I have missed some.
We are happy to have everyone here, though I just wish it had been under different circumstances. I would never want to imply that, somehow, it was worth it. It is a good thing that came out of this horror, but no, it was not "worth it".
I also want to convey my condolences for the families and friends affected by this tragedy. I've tried typing this message several times over the past days, and kept giving up. Nothing I write succeeds in expressing my sorrow. But I had to try. My hope is that all involved will find healing. God bless you all.