From the Pastor's Desk:
September seems to be the unofficial start to fall. The weather is getting cooler, the crops are starting to get ready, the kids are going back to school and the sports seasons are in full swing. We all know this fall season looks a little different than the falls that have come before. For the last 6 months we have had changes come into our lives. Change comes easier for some than others. In the Bible we see many times of change. In the Old Testament we see Jacob’s family move to Egypt because of a famine, then we see the Israelites led out of Egypt to the Promised Land, but then we also see the Israelites becoming captives again because of their disobedience to God. Change is always a part of life. Even in the New Testament we see 12 Jewish men changed by the person of Jesus. No longer are they waiting for the Messiah, but they are living with and through the Messiah.
Honestly, change is hard and isn’t always something that is enjoyable. I’m sure the Israelites did not enjoy being held in captivity, but in Jeremiah 29 we hear God tell them to build homes in that foreign land, grow families and have their children marry. God wanted them to seek the benefit of the city where they were captive so that it might go well with them. Yes it wasn’t a great situation, but God is saying to make the best out of it. I think those might be good words for us today. In the midst of this pandemic how can we make the best out of the situation? What is God calling us to in the midst of places being closed, school being different and life not being the way it was? Church we must continue to seek God and continue to live according to his purpose even in the middle of all that is going on in 2020.
With that being said we believe that education is important in our church so I wanted to let you know the schedule of what is coming up. Middle school youth group will meet from
7-8:30 on the odd Wednesdays (1,3,5) up at The Corner starting September 2. The Senior high youth group will meet every Wednesday from 7-8:30 at the church starting September 9. Gems and Cadets will still meet on the even (2,4) Wednesdays at the church from 6-7. This year there will not be a meal served and K-4th grade will meet on the 2nd Wednesday and 5th-8th will meet on the 4th Wednesday. There will be a women’s Bible study that will meet on Saturdays at 8 am at church starting on September 12. This study will be a DVD study, so come and watch a short video clip and be ready for discussion. Finally, our Sunday morning programing for Sunday school will start on October 4 and classes will go 10:15-11:00 until we are able to go back to some fellowship time. Even though this fall looks different let’s all commit to growing in faith and seeking God’s will for our lives in this time!