The Pastor’s Pen
I don’t know about you but I’m having difficulty facing the fact that the month of July is nearly behind us and there remains only one more month of summer! It seems like only yesterday that school ended and the days of summer began. Where has it gone??
Many of you have been vacationing and/or spending time outdoors, with family and friends, etc. I too, appreciated some vacation time earlier this month. We look forward to these times after the cold and darkness of winter. It has been good to see many of you in Sunday worship each week.
In the midst of the summer slowdown, some good things have been happening here at CUMC.
At the end of June, a team gathered to begin planning for September Rally Day and Sunday School happenings for the next school year, (See related article) On July 17th, several church families met at Valley Scoops for the first gathering for families with young children. After enjoying some ice cream, the children enjoyed the inside play area while the adults talked informally to better get to know one another. Watch for information on their August 1st gathering at Knoebels!
Last Sunday the 22nd, though the weather did not completely cooperate for our annual outdoor worship and picnic in the Park, some fifty of us gathered in the church social hall. It was a great time of informal worship, food and fellowship. Thanks to the Worship Committee for organizing details and set-up, to all who brought food to enjoy and to Heidi and Jeff Klein for bringing the bean bag toss game! Team Anna (granddaughter of Barb and Lou Millspaugh) and Heidi did really well! Team Sadie and Pastor Cheryl, well, not so much!! (Team Sadie and Jonathan did a little better!) What fun! We missed those who could not be here!
On August 7th young adults will gather at the Brass Buckle (6:30pm) for our 2nd Conversation at the Pub. All young adults are invited to come and bring a friend!
Throughout August, planning for the fall months will continue.
Summer slowdown? Yes, somewhat. Still, we remain the gathered, connected community of faith remaining open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. In the midst of vacation and summer fun, I hope all of us are finding ways to stay connected to God the Creator.
In the words of the song made famous years ago by The Happenings “See you in September, see you when the summer’s through.” I do hope so!