We are stepping into September, the last third of 2018, and MY, how we have been places! Don’t believe it? Just ask our youth. At our Rally Day Sunday they told us of their moving experiences at the National Youth Gathering in Houston. Other younger friends had stories to tell about camp experiences at Luther Springs and Lutheridge.
We can also look back and see the 85+ children inspired at Vacation Bible School with the youth and adult leaders helping to guide the way. We see that Ruth’s Promise is now caring for our older friends two days per week and giving their loved ones a much-needed respite from the full-time attention they provide daily.
But now we have arrived on the front doorstep of autumn when it still feels LOTS like summer. The new Preschool year has begun with more children attending than ever before.
New learning opportunities for adults provide times of conversation and study. In fact, both Wednesdays and Sundays are beginning with discussions about how we welcome folk to our life together in Christ and how we talk about the faith.
Check this newsletter and a new publication in the Sunday morning kiosk for more descriptions of all our offerings this fall.
Often it seems we live in a culture that wants to pull us apart rather than draw us together. Yet, we are a people – the church – of the One who has “overcome the world” (John 16). And, indeed, in Him we are one body.
What a blessed story to tell and gift to share with friends each day! Borrowing from the Ephesians passages that we heard in worship several weeks ago, hear again Paul’s encouragement that we make “the most of the time” as Jesus’ followers each day of our lives.