We Got to October
We got Church services started. We dealt with the emotional roller coaster of COVID19. We made it through the start of the school. Now we make our way through the end of the church year, Reformation and then to Advent.
When the church celebrates St. Michael and All Angels (September 29th), we know the weather is cooling down, the children are back in school, and Thanksgiving and Christmas is around the corner.
The Lord has given us the gifts of faithfulness and perseverance. It is because the "kingdom of our God" is of Christ. He is the gift that brings forgiveness and hope. He continues to guard and protect us from the devil and the evil of the sinful world. He provides for us and our every need and even has provided angels to guard and protect us. The angels are the messengers of His presence to help maintain the order of the world and to serve us in worship on the way to the altar.
Getting Back to Normal?
The journey since March has been odd. Yet our Lord's promises of victory over sin and death have been taught, preached, and confessed in the Fenton area. It seems that we are finally beginning to become comfortable with our new routines.
We are even at the point that we are now even able to consider getting back to our rental program to use our buildings wisely. It's an important part of our budget (apart from Covid stoppage, it's about $18,000 annually).
Now we are trying to give back a little to our community by supporting our restaurants (see below). Usually the church and school would receive a portion of the sales from a Dining with Dividends event as a gift and we put it to good use. This time, we want to be a good neighbor and help our community recover from Covid, so we are holding off for a few months and the % earned Dining With Dividends will stay with the venue.
Thanks again to everyone who have been working with each other in our church and school to continue proclaiming God's Word, receiving His eternal gifts in church and loving our neighbor.
We are marching on with the promises of the Word of God, the Salvation of Christ, and continued unity of heaven and earth in church services. "Therefore, with angels and archangels and all of the company of heaven... "