Book bags, sharpened pencils, back-to-school shopping….it doesn’t matter that I am no longer in school; I can still conjure up all those images and feel that sense of change and “newness” in the air. September still gives me this sense every year. It’s almost like New Year’s Day with its feeling of new beginnings and starting over. It was a joy to see all of our children and teachers blessed in church at the end of August. A fabulous start to a new school year!
With the coming of the first day of school, also comes the start of many Messiah programs that have taken a break for the summer. Perhaps you too can grab hold of that sense of excitement our children carry, return to familiar fellowship and try new things, too. So sharpen your pencils and get your backpack ready, because we have some wonderful things planned!
Rally Day kicks us all off on September 10th with an 8:00am traditional and 10:00am combined worship service. We’ll follow worship with food and activities for every age. Then, I hope to see all of you at our first Messiah Night on September 13th. Betsy Barkalow, our new Children’s Minister, has put together a wonderful program for our kids, and Jim Diehm, our Confirmation Director, has moved classes to Messiah Night for our 6th-8th graders. Along with various adult education classes throughout the year led by the pastors and others, I will also be leading a new group I’m calling “FaithWalk,” an opportunity to share about a different topic each week, starting with the subject of “doubt.” So many exciting new possibilities on Wednesday nights! No one should be eating alone on that night.
Of course, there are so many other opportunities throughout the week. Want to sing? Join a choir! Want to learn to quilt? There’s a group for that! Want to dig deeper into your spiritual practice? Join the circle led by Roberta Hammond! I hope you’ll take a look through this newsletter and not only find what you’ve done before, but try something new!
There is “newness” in the air. See where God might lead you.