Dear Church Family,
It’s been a crazy week at our house. Last week we got a call from school informing us that our daughter, Taylor, suffered a fall from the monkey bars. I was the closest to the school so I hurried out of my meeting with the Bishop and other clergy from our district to race her to the hospital. X-rays revealed a broken humerus bone just below the ball joint on her right shoulder. Fortunately, the doctor said a sling will suffice but it’s going to take 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Needless to say, her piano lessons and flute practice are limited to one hand for now!
Meanwhile, our third grader Zak had one of his art projects selected by the AP high school art students for the Book Mark Award. Every couple of months, students submit their artwork to be printed on bookmarks for use in the library. It’s a pretty big deal at the school to have your creativity featured in this way. When we told Zak the school had selected his drawing he was so excited.
I hope you’ll join me and our other clergy for our “Ask the Pastor’s” event coming up October 17th at 11:30 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch, and our Legends Senior Adult Ministry will provide drinks and desserts for you. This is going to be a great time for us to get to know each other more personally than on Sundays during worship. And if you are not yet involved in the Senior Adult Ministry here at the church, check out a list of all their upcoming activities here. This is a great group of people who have so much fun together, and they’re always ready to welcome newcomers with open arms.
I have really enjoyed being back at Thomas Elementary School this year mentoring my student for the second year in a row. He and I have become really close and it’s been so much fun watching him grow up these past 18 months. In fact, I had the opportunity to meet with his fourth-grade teacher from last year this past week, and she told me that the mentoring program has had an incredible impact on his life. To be sure, it’s had a huge impact on my life too! Having said this, PISD is still looking for some more people, particularly men, who might be able to give up their lunch break once a week to encourage a child who might be struggling either academically or socially. This is such an effective way to take our ministry beyond the walls of the church and truly bless the community. For more information click here.
Finally, I want to thank each of you who have reached out after reading my letter about our building plans last week. If you missed it, you can read it online here. Also, please be sure to stop by the “Above and Beyond” display area outside the Sanctuary to see the new renditions hanging on the wall. We have received wonderful feedback and are happy to answer your questions. I want you to know that the response to the new building design has been overwhelmingly positive. As such, I am grateful to be a part of a church that is willing to surrender itself in hopes of reaching many more people with the love and grace of Jesus Christ! I am confident that the sacrifices we are making today will enable Custer Road to have an impact on our community for generations to come!
I hope you’ll join us on Sunday as we continue our current sermon series “Cultivate” as we look at the walk to Emmaus story.
See you next Sunday,
Reverend Kory Knott
Senior Minister, Custer Road United Methodist Church
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