Dear Church Family,
When we returned home from our trip to Colorado, there was a new sign in the front yard welcoming our youngest son, Reed, to his new school. It’s hard to believe in just a few weeks, we’ll have three kids in school full-time. Reed was so excited to have the same sign as his sister and brother that he immediately wanted to start getting ready for his first day of kindergarten!
I have such fond memories of this time of year as a child. The clothes shopping, getting new supplies, and of course, picking out a new backpack or lunchbox if I was fortunate enough to be getting one that year!
We have several end-of-summer and back-to-school events planned for our students in the coming weeks. Camp Big Church, where our kindergarteners are introduced to Sanctuary worship and our elementary Sunday School rotations is happening August 7th. And move-up Sunday, where every kid moves up to the next Sunday School grade level is the following week.
And if you have a student in our youth department, make sure and register them for Youth Week 2016. Jennifer and I are particularly excited about Youth Week this year, because our oldest child, Taylor is entering 6th grade. I’ve participated in various aspects of the week in the past as part of the ministry staff, but we’re excited to take part on a more personal level this year as Taylor moves into a new chapter in her life.
Family worship each night at 7:00 is a powerful experience. This year, the theme is Reunion, and some Custer Road “alumni’ will be joining us with a different message each night. I’m excited to hear from Dr. Frank Drenner, Cheryl Bishop, Jenn Kloepel, Rev. John Baldwin and Dr. Ron Henderson and am grateful for their willingness to take time out of their schedules to be with us!
One of the things I love most about the United Methodist Church is our focus on Lay Leadership. Nearly every decision made at this church is done so after prayerful consideration not just by the clergy and staff, but by the committees overseeing different areas of the church and ministry. If you’d like to be more involved in the aspects of the church business, we are accepting nominations for Lay Leadership positions. This year, we’re moving the entire process online. Descriptions of open positions and the nominating forms can be found here. Self-nominations are not only appropriate, but encouraged.
I am excited to be back in the pulpit with you this Sunday to finish out the “Broadway” sermon series. We’ll be talking about the stage production of “The Lion King” which is rich with biblical themes that resonate with believers and non-believers alike.
I look forward to worshipping with you Sunday!
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