I am writing this letter in the middle of June as I have been listening to the band practicing their parade routine marching around the streets of the church. They are practicing for the Freeburg Parade as well as having band camp for the fall. This is a reminder that even though school is done for the season, the activity with school students continues. The football team has already been running drills early morning and in the evening on the field. This truly reminds me of the church as well. Even though some of our activities stop for the summer, the work of the church never stops. We are very fortunate that God never takes a vacation from us. As the church continues to work, we need to also continue to support the church so that the ministries can function.
Plans for VBS are well under way and it is hard to believe that it is only a month away. Please be praying for our Vacation Bible School and its leaders. This is such a tremendous outreach ministry to the community and we are blessed to have Deb Volinskie directing this for us once again.
Next month, I am looking forward to spending some time at the Jersey Shore for our yearly vacation at the Shore. This is a time for rest, renewal, fellowship, and communion with God. One of my favorite hymns from the Faith We Sing songbook often comes to my mind when I am at the shore. Shirley Murray writes, “ Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed: Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes that we can see all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be. Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace, God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base, making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun, raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun. In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain, let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain: There’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care, in the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare.”
On July 8, Michele Walter, our Coordinator of Christian Discipleship, will be speaking in church. I hope many will be here to listen to the message that God places upon her heart.
The last Sunday of July, which is the 30th, there will be one combined worship service for our VBS closing and it will be held at 9:30 a.m. with a picnic to follow the service. There will be no Sunday school on this day. Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share. Meat and beverage will be provided by the church.
May God’s blessings and peace be with you throughout these summer months!