Pastor's Corner

"Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" Isaiah 43: 18-19

"See, I am making all things new. Revelation 21:5

God is a God of surprises and new ways of doing things.

The Hebrew Scriptures tell us God raised up warriors to defend against their enemies and lead the people. The prophets preached that God would send the Messiah that would save the people. And the people waited and prayed for the mighty warrior that God would send, their Messiah to come and save the people. And one night in Bethlehem a baby cried. And now for something completely different.

God is a God of surprises and new ways of doing things.

New – newness. We all like new things. A new thing – new – not old. NEW-tiny word. But think about it for a minute. What images come to mind? New – never been used, perfect shape, not marked up, good quality, with newness comes excitement, expectation, hope, a yearning to hold on to it, to keep it new.

Now it is the time of year for new beginnings.

We begin a new program year of the church starting on September 10, 10 am with a WELCOME BACK KICK OFF CELEBRATION BRUNCH! What a great time of year to start something new in your faith journey. The KICK OFF CELEBRATION is a brunch for the whole church. The breakfast will take place in Westminster Hall at 10:00 am. It is an opportunity to meet everyone, hear about the new program year, Youth Group activities and get to know the officers of the church. Following the breakfast we will go into the sanctuary for worship of God.

Church School classes will begin Sunday, September 17, 10:00 am for the Adult Class and The Senior High Breakfast Club. Classes for the Sunday school ages Nursery School to 7th grade will be at 11:15 am. Children come to 11:00 am worship first. Confirmation Class for 8th graders and older will begin Sunday, October 1 at 10:00 am.

Choir, already getting a jump start on the Christmas Cantata, will be rehearsing at 9:00 am. All are welcome.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14 for Movie Night and for Four Centuries Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. (See article enclosed)

There are many ways of becoming involved in our congregation and in God’s work. Keep track with the Almanac, the Sunday bulletin, the Bulletin boards, Facebook, and flyers posted.

A time for new beginnings. WELCOME HOME!