From the Pastor
For many of us, summer represents that time when we relax, rejuvenate and restore our souls. Fall comes rushing in with backpacks and changing schedules and cooler temperatures. September is often the best of all
worlds, warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities and yet cool enough to welcome the changes in lifestyles and families. In the life of the church, September is the time when we return
to Sunday School and choir practices, multiple worship times and celebrations in the life of the church. And so we welcome you!
Recently, we have been talking about discerning God’s vision for the church and for our lives. How does God want me to serve? Where does God want me to serve?
Am I willing to make that commitment? When we think about the body of Christ, we begin to understand that each one of us makes a contribution to the whole; we
all participate in the health of the body. When we are compassionate or hospitable or caring…when we pray, when we love, when we serve, we become the Body of Christ, active in our community and beyond.
Soon, we will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from our sister churches as we spend an afternoon together learning from one another how we are living out the Gospel in
our communities. We also have an opportunity to discover what our next adventure will be. On October 11 at 2pm we will host a multi-church Charge Conference! God has called us together to
discover our collective gifts, to begin conversations with folks we know and folks we have yet to meet. Ultimately, our combined visions along with our mandate of making disciples for Jesus Christ, will
provide a new way of moving forward in our community.
If the strength of this faith community is its people, now is the time to evaluate how we will best utilize our financial and human resources to be the Body of Christ, active
and living in our community. What legacy will we leave for those who follow?
Continue to pray for your leaders, for our Nominations Committee and for our faithful members who live the Gospel every day. Pray for our sister churches
and their leadership. Pray for our community and it’s needs. Above all else, remember to give thanks and praise to God for leading us through difficult
decisions and allowing us to be open to the changes that will come.