September has arrived and with it Labor Day. We may well be thinking,
where has the summer gone? Never mind that for much of this month, it
is still summer. However, even when our children are grown, we still
sense that change that comes with the ramping up of school as well as
the new program year at church.
For the first time since I’ve been your pastor, we will be having a church
picnic which will be held Sunday, September 9 at 1:00. There will be lots
for the kids to do. Of course, we adults can sit around and fellowship or
play our own games. This will also be a time of outreach because we are
inviting everyone from the surrounding neighborhoods. If you feel a bit
shy about inviting people to church, invite them to the picnic where they
can see God’s love in action as we are together as God’s people in this
Now that I am only the pastor of St. Timothy, I have the time to do some
things after church that I have long felt the need of doing. On September
16, a Bible study group is beginning. We will meet following worship,
after we have all gotten our coffee and goodies. We are beginning with
the Book of Acts, using N. T. Wright’s, Acts for Everyone. This will be a
discussion based study where we will learn together.
Sunday School will also begin on the 16th. The curriculum is “All
Together Now.” I am grateful for the work all of the teachers have done
in preparing for this Sunday School year. Sunday School will also meet
This summer has been a time for renewing of friendships. On two
different occasions, people from the seminary in Gettysburg were at
Chautauqua and we had the opportunity to catch up. Relationships are
so very important and I give thanks for all those that have helped to form
who we are.
As the church program year begins, I really hope to see those of you
who have been unable to be around on Sundays during the summer.
God calls us to not only be God’s child, but to be God’s children together
in community as a church and with the larger body of Christ. Come be
part of what God is doing at St. Timothy. To God be the glory!