Sisters and brothers in Christ,
Peace be with you!
It is an interesting phenomenon that the 9th month of the calendar year brings with it a sense of beginning. One thinks of the end of November or the first of December as the beginning of the Church year and of course, January brings us the start of a whole New Year. But September by itself awakens us to new things: school starts, sporting events take a new hold on us, the change of season beckons us to new thoughts of fall and changing leaves, cooler days and nights, and the promise of harvest.
So, it is that we also begin thinking about things that change in our family of faith. Preschool begins and this year with a record number of children enrolled. It is a good time to stop and thank God for this arm of our ministry as the very young gather each day to learn about life, getting along, and hear the Biblical truths that will help them throughout their lives. I encourage you to pray for these young people and for our Director Amber Woolsey as she begins a new year and a journey that will bring its rewards and challenges.
September also brings us together for our annual Beer and Brats Festival which we will hold on September 29, 2018. Once again a strong group of leaders from our faith family have met and planned and will execute a great time of fellowship for our community. I encourage you to attend and support our 3rd annual Beer and Brats Festival.
We also look forward to the ushering in of another Annual Meeting in October which will mold and shape the ministry for the coming year. Your Congregation Council has already begun to think about the budget and how it is we fund the ministry we have begun., which brings me to this stewardship thought:
In recent months, we have seen and are now feeling a decline in giving and attendance at worship. Sometimes, when things are moving along well and there is a certain comfortable feeling about a congregation’s ministry, we tend to sit back and think “All is well.” We fail to do our part. There is always a sense of urgency when a pastoral change is in the near future. But now is not the time to relax and ponder the past, but to look forward to the days to come when new life and new ideas will once again ignite interest and commitment. Therefore, I am asking that you set some time aside to pray about your stewardship of time, talent, and treasure. Think again about your attendance at worship. We are a family and family needs to join together in worship and praise. We are God’s people and must respond in thanksgiving for all God has done for us in Christ Jesus.
I invite you to come and feast and be fed by the most nourishing Meal of all – – Christ’s very own body and blood – – and listen to God’s Holy and Life-giving Word.
As we look forward to the new beginnings that September brings, I am blessed to remain your shepherd and servant,
I am your servant and shepherd,
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