A Message From Our Pastor...
Pastor Chris

July/August 2019
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
–Colossians 3:17

Summer has arrived! For most households, this includes some time for relaxation and refreshment. The long days and warm weather allow us to enjoy God’s creation in a wide variety of ways. I hope you are able to take advantage of those times.
 
As people of faith, let me suggest a couple considerations. First, please do deliberately notice the beauty and grandeur of God’s abundant blessings. Faith is not for Sundays only, but can help us connect to God each day in every place. Second, if you are blessed to have some renewing time, I’d suggest balancing that between care for yourself and tending to the most important relationships in your life. If all your time is with family and friends, you may miss out on needed solitude. If all is solitude, you will lose chances to strengthen the bonds that make your relationships life-giving. Third, routines can be very beneficial, but doing something out of the ordinary is helpful, too. Fourth, please do not neglect worship. Whether you are here or away, try to connect with a faith community in some way. If you are around, there’s always a need for volunteers to work on the property, help with worship or organize supplies.
 
Summer is also a time when people get to do some extra reading. In our Wednesday Adult Education group we are working our way through Rachel Held Evans book Inspired; you can join the discussion at any point if you are interested. The description about the book says: “If the Bible isn’t a science book, instruction manual, or position paper, then what is it? New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present.”

What are you planning on reading this summer? Do you have options for fun, for learning, for growing? If you run across something you like, feel free to share it on the members Facebook group. If you are looking for something that might impact your faith, talk to me and I’ll try to point you in the direction of something interesting.

As always let us know about your travel plans and we’ll make sure to add you to the list of people we are praying for that weekend.  If you want to worship while you’re away, we can help you find a place to visit.


-Pastor Chris

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