September is often such an exciting time of year, I would imagine partly due to the agricultural cycles that have driven our cultural calendars for centuries. As the harvest comes in it is no wonder that our religious ancestors celebrated the New Year near the end of September – there is so much to celebrate and give thanks! I know most of us are giving thanks for a break in the heat wave!
And yet this late summer blast of heat serves as a reminder of all the things heating up throughout our congregation. This Saturday, September 20 is our big Vintage Vegas gala to celebrate and support our many service ministries. Please contact our church office if you need more tickets!
On Sunday morning we will begin a 6 week worship series, “Build Your Kingdom Here” based on the words of the prophet Jeremiah to the Jewish exiles, “…seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” I am eager to explore these instructions from Jeremiah as we examine our congregational core values and find continued clarity to our mission work together. May you find these next many weeks encouraging and inspiring.
The Foundations of Faith Spiritual Formation series begins on Monday, September 22 at 7 PM with a six week study and reflection course focusing on “Getting to Know the PCUSA.” Participants will have an opportunity to explore our historical foundations along with an examination of our confessional tenets of faith and gain a better understanding of how our church governance works.
Other dates to keep in mind: Saturday, September 27 at 2 PM – The Ordination Service for Lauren Gully and Sunday, September 28 before and after worship is our Classic Car Show and Coffee Hour!
In His Service,
Rev. Lissa Smith