Welcome to a new school year. Although I love summer (when it is under 90 degrees ) it is always good to get to September and a more scheduled existence. As we begin the last 4 months of 2016, I am looking forward to working with you, as we look to see where God is leading our church and our individual lives. I thank God for each of you and your ministry. It is a joy to work with you, to laugh with you, to sometimes cry with you, to stretch our brains together, and to deepen our faith and our outreach.
As we begin this year I want to catch you up on our Christian Education program. As you know we are transitioning in this area and are striving to think outside the box as to ways to include and embrace our young people in a helpful and strengthening way.
Seven young people traveled with the church to the Pirate Game in June. I loved sitting in the back of the bus and talking and catching up with these students. We have some exceptional young people in our church family. It was fun … The Pirates won…. and I had some meaningful conversations on the way down and back on the bus. It was a blessing!
Two weeks ago six young people (not all the same students) and Chris Klapec and I went to the Church of the Covenant in Erie to serve Sunday Dinner for people in that community who are either homeless or in need. We went with Hasson Heights Presbyterian (who had prepared the food ahead of time.) The experience was valuable. Our kids did a great job of working and of connecting to the people they were serving. I was honored to be with them and I want you to know how well they represented our church and how well they represented Jesus. It was a JOY and it was a deepening experience to spend this Sunday afternoon and evening with these people. We are scheduled to go again at the end of October and each of us, is looking forward to that time.
Another opportunity that the young people are going to be involved with is the OPEN DOOR on the South Side. Open Door is a place for people to stop in and have lunch. If you are able to pay for the meal that is great, but if not, there is no charge. It is a place that provides community. This Thursday a youth group from Chicago (Addie’s youth group) is staying at our church and preparing the meal for Friday’s lunch. Our youth will be doing that in the coming months.
Good things are happening here and I will continue to fill you in as we continue to serve God in many different ways. Blessings,
2. Where did you find yourself feeling grateful today?
3. Where did you feel joy?
4. What gave you energy this day?
5. Where did you feel the presence of Christ?
6. What ‘sense’ awakened the presence of God in the day for you?