How have we gotten to October? The summer is done. How did that
happen? Even though the sign for the 2016 Chautauqua Institution
season is still up, that season is finished and now that we’re past Labor
Day, our town has gotten quieter as the tourists left to return home. I can
even find parking in the afternoon in the Village of Bemus Point! Fall is
Time is something we do not have much control over. We all have the
same amount given to us and it is not always easy to be good stewards
of our time. For us as followers of Jesus Christ, we live in two kinds of
time. One is everyday time and the other is God’s time. The Greek of the
New Testament has two different words for these times. Preaching
teacher, Tom Long, during his sermons at Chautauqua put it this way, it’s
like we’re wearing two wristwatches, one for ordinary time and one for
If you have been by the church recently, you’ve probably noticed that
there is new shrubbery out in front and along the side of the building. On
September 11, in addition to remembering the events of 9/11 fifteen
years ago, we had a blessing for our new landscaping. Sunday, the 18th
was Rally Day. We kicked off the new program year with Sunday School.
We also had a blessing of backpacks for the children going back to
school. This year we also have some children who are beginning
Continuing along the theme of stewardship, October 1-6 I will be in
Denver, CO for stewardship training. We will especially be learning about
the Generosity Project. Katie Castro will be covering for me at both St.
Timothy and St. Mark on Sunday, October 2.
I am hoping to get the go ahead soon for back surgery. So, hopefully, it
will be scheduled for this month. Depending on what they find when they
go in, I could be laid up a month or two months. Pastor Dan Rumfelt, our
conference dean, is working closely with our church leadership regarding
coverage while I’m out.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers, questions and concern since
my back issue has flared up. Thank you for being who you are. Continue
to let that light shine every hour of every day.