September has arrived!! Its arrival brings the coming of cooler air, a return to school, and of course, football. It also brings the return of the “official” church year. To be honest, though I always use the term, I dislike calling it the official church year because it seems to diminish the ministry and fellowship that takes place during the summer months. Nonetheless, I still hear the TV voiceover announcing, “We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.”
Traditionally, September is prime harvesting season for vineyards. All the care and attention to detail have paid off and it is time to move from the planning phase into the production phase. September is a time to reap what you have sowed. And thus is our work as a Fellowship in September. We move from the planning phase into the production phase, and let me tell you, it was quite a planning phase.
August saw many meetings and discussions revolving around the coming church year and how we would begin to implement our vision for the religious education of children, youth, and adults. Now that September is here, it is time to fulfill those dreams. I am eager to bring you our new RE program this year as it is chock full of exciting changes geared toward enhancing both our individual spiritual journeys as well as our collective, multigenerational experience. Children will spend more time in the sanctuary throughout the year through increased Time for All Ages as well as increased Multigenerational Worship. Adults will have energizing opportunities to renew their religious voyage through engaging Adult RE classes.
I am looking forward to working together with everyone as the year unfolds. More information about our programming can be found on our website as well as in brochures throughout the fellowship. Should you have any questions, my door is always open!
Grace and Blessings,