A new season of ministry and mission is just around the corner. It is a season of welcome and new energy. It is a season of deep soul searching for our nation and our world. In what ways does your faith impact how you love God, self and others?
Let’s review our calendar.
First, we have a wonderful worship opportunity on September 3 when we attend the 10:30 a.m. service at the Third Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Alstead. Pastor Maureen Lasell will lead us. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated and a gathering will follow worship.
Second, we have our annual HOMECOMING SUNDAY on September 10th. The outside worship will include special music, an intergenerational interactive message and a renewal of our mission and ministry. A picnic potluck, games and fellowship will follow. We will welcome our new Director of Music, Keane Southard. Bring your friends and join the party!
Third, on Sunday the 17th we will celebrate our support of the food shelf with a special guest, the beginning of Church School and the return of our Choir. Lastly, on the 24th, we welcome Rev. Rhonda Macleod from Peterborough as our guest pastor.
In September, the Women’s Fellowship will host a pizza party and many of our committees return to their regular meetings. Look for a project headed up by the Trustees. One tree will be removed to make way for a re-placement of the ramp that leads into the side entrance of the church building.
Dates to note also include the vacation of Pat Kingsbury from September 16-24 and Pastor Christine’s trip to Ireland from the 20-30thof September.
September has always been a transition time for many of us as the seasons begin to change. Schools resume and our outside activities begin to turn inward. With all transitions, there are challenges. For the church during an interim time, we focus on preparedness and anticipation of what God might have in store for us.
Like all of you, I look forward to demonstrating love for all persons as Jesus lived and taught. We hold fast to the scripture, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Let us prepare to face the future by extending our care for others and with open minds to possibilities for unity and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.