It is a beautiful fall day in the Carolinas as Staci, Kathie and I are preparing to travel home from our conference hosted by Montreat Conference Center just outside of Asheville, NC. The conference was packed with important information and presentations of how we are called to be the church in this new era. All the presenters were top theologians and philosophers and pastors from around the country and world, we enjoyed great fellowship and worship and were filled with inspiration and passion.
In just a couple days we will have the opportunity to gather together for our worship and fellowship on Sunday morning as we continue our exploration of what we believe God has called our church to be. Before us this Sunday will be a wonderful story of welcome and hospitality involving Paul and his traveling companions as they were shipwrecked on the island of Malta from Acts 28. We will also learn about how our Presbyterian Women’s groups are preparing to give back to the community.
Last week Dave Lewis shared a thought provoking story about the value of a simple pen in the hands of a child in Africa. On our chancel steps is a storage container that he poured hundreds of pens and other small office supplies into that were just collecting in desks and cupboards around his office. We are challenged ourselves to continue filling that container with pens for the children of Africa so that they may begin to have opportunities in education and beyond.
Our neighboring church, New Hope Presbyterian is hosting again its “Hope Alive” concert to benefit local school music programs as they give back into their community. Our church is of course invited to participate in this lively Motown themed event on Sunday, November 2 at 5:00 PM. We are delighted that our own Roger Behle will also be performing that night. Tickets are available through New Hope’s web site, www.mynewhopepres.org.
There are always ways to get involved and give back to the community. Our deacon Blood Drive is coming on October 20 and it just takes a few clicks of the mouse to reserve your spot when you go to our web site or you can sign up on the patio following worship. Our annual Trunk or Treat event is always a fun way to share ourselves with our neighbors. Let’s keep finding ways to share our story!
In His Service,
Rev. Lissa Smith