This summer we will have Vacation Bible School in June. Vacation Bible School will be in the evening. I know we have some parents who would prefer daytime VBS. If there is enough interest, and I can find leaders, we could run a second VBS during the day. I hear interest in having more activities at the church. The problem is leadership and participation.
Wednesday evening Bible Study is a great way to learn more about scripture. We are currently studying what the Bible says about Angels and Demons. Everyone is welcome to attend these evening Bible Studies. They start at seven pm.
I struggle with summer Sunday School. There is a challenge in finding teachers. It is also important that we have participation in the Sunday Morning Bible Study. It is frustration for a teacher to prepare a lesson and have no students to teach. There will not be regular Sunday school this summer.
It is also time to look forward to the fall activities. Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church will be fifteen years old this year. I think it would be fun to have a fall celebration to commemorate this milestone. We had a great Reformation celebration. A fifteen-year celebration would be fun.
There are always opportunities to serve the Lord. My Dad used to say: "There is more than one way to skin a cat." I have never skinned a cat, nor do I think that would be a good idea. What my Dad was trying to say was that there is always more than one way to solve a problem.
Churches sometimes get in ruts. Doing the same thing the same way, and expecting different results, is never a good plan. Is there a better way to glorify God and serve our community?
Howard Meyer and Glen Pooler have offered to help anyone who needs help moving. They are retired and physically able to help. These are the kind of opportunities that are available. When we pool our gifts and resources and work together, we are becoming the church.
Summer months are difficult financially for the church. Attendance and giving goes down in the summer. God calls us to worship him with our praise, service, and first fruit giving. Consider how you can continue to support the church during the summer months.
It is exciting that our youth group will be attending the national youth gathering in Minneapolis this summer. Gerry and Michelle will be ending their service as youth leaders. I am praying that God will lift someone up to fill this ministry opportunity,
I pray you all have a safe and fun summer. Remember wherever you go you are God's precious and beloved child. God will place opportunities before you to share the hope you have in Christ. Exploit these opportunities. Serve the Lord with gladness. Pray, praise and give thanks.