Renewing Our Spiritual Journey

The adventures and fun of summer are about over.  People have been or are returning from their vacations and students are returning to school.  Where did summer go?  For many, it has been archived en family photo albums as treasured memories.  Time certainly does go by flying. 

Well, just because the summer is about over, doesn’t mean that there is not much to look forward to.  Many church activities and programs for children, youth and adults are about to resume in September and in the coming months.

Our marvelous choir is about to restart their choir rehearsals to provide inspiring music and songs for the glory of God and the edification of our congregation.  We have purchased a drum set to augment our already talented group of musicians and instruments, and hope to incorporate more contemporary praise songs to our worship service.

Sunday School will also restart next month including a longer confirmation class for our new group of confirmands.  In both of my Wednesdays Pastor’s Bible Studies we will be watching and discussing 30 minute lectures on the Old Testament given by professor, author and lecturer Amy-Jill Levine, who is professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

On Saturday, August 29th we will be having a planning session at our church from 9:00 am until noon to discuss our current and future goals and activities for our church.  We will be sharing some insights we received from a Rethink Church training offered for West and East Ohio Annual Conferences that John, George, Sandy, Joan and I attended last week.  Everyone is invited to attend. 

Currently our church leadership committee is having meetings to fill in the different areas of responsibility and church committees.  If you feel called to serve and interested in helping, please let me know of your desire.   God has given each one of us talents and gifts.  We can find meaning and purpose when we put them to use.

I would like to thank the members of Christ United Methodist Church for all you do to make this church a vibrant congregation.  Thank you for the offering of your time, talents, ideas, money, service and heart to the furthering of God’s kingdom in our midst. 

Our spiritual journey goes on… What lies in the future for us?  God won’t do without us.  We can’t do without God.