Life in the church is cyclical. Within that cycle, Lent is one of the most intense times except for the month of May. The tail end of April and all of May are the busiest as we wind down programs and celebrate accomplishments. Of course, there is the Men’s Retreat and Spring Musical back to back. At the end of May, regular programming ends and summer events and camps start. It is also a time of planning and repairs.Often worship attendance takes a dip as people take vacations or staycations. It is a time for recreation. Before we make that transition, I would like to share some perspectives and ask a few things.
During summer, it is more difficult to know if you are missing worship because you are out and about or if you are going through some difficulty. We had a family leave the congregation one time because they had not been attending during the summer and I just assumed that they were gone like all others who were on vacation. But that was not the case; they had had a death in the family. We did not know. They mistook our lack of contact as not caring. So, if something happens that is not vacation related, just let us know. We do care. It is just hard to determine where you are in the summer.
Summer offers us an opportunity to do small repairs around the church. Some of you have a little extra time that you might volunteer to help us out. I am putting together a list of those items that I would like to attend to. If you are willing and able, it would be a great help to me if you could pitch in to help with God’s house. If small jobs interest you contact us in the church office.
There have been repairs conducted as a result of the freezing pipe event earlier this year. The water line to the sacristy was reconfigured to prevent future issues in the winter. Carl Stier has done additional work on the plumbing that has really improved the conditions here in building. Lastly, the church council will be deciding how best to address replacing the carpet. Some areas are being replaced as part of the insurance claim; the question is can we piggy back other areas at the same time. As soon as a decision is made we will let you know immediately. But know this; we know carpet needs replacing and are working at the best solution.
During the summer months, I get away at times too. When I am gone, I have a pastor to cover for me. Pastor Julie Ehlers-King will lead worship occasionally when she is available. I love getting away just as much as you like to get away. Know that I still love you when I am gone but I do not think about you on the beach or when I am fishing. I do return; you are the apple of my eye. As I hope for you for some time away; I can’t wait to clear out the cobwebs myself.
Finally, your consistent financial support is important year round. Some cost go down and some cost go up during the summer, but whichever way that goes, we still get bills. In the past you have been very good at this. I am just giving my annual speech to keep up the good work. Here’s to summer!
In His Service