Busy Summer, Y’all

So, there’s going to be a lot of stuff happening around the Northern Kingdom this summer.

To begin, there’s going to be con-struction or major work at each of the churches. St. Matthew’s is going to be get-ting a new parking lot. St. Andrew’s is re-constructing all of its access points with new walkways, handicapped parking, and a new entrance ramp. And Emmanuel is go-ing to have a new security system installed.

Each of these projects will improve our lives in the long run, but there will be some inconveniences in the meantime. Parking may be limited at St. Matthew’s and St. Andrew’s, and building access at Em-manuel will be different (the new alarm sys-tem will require codes, etc. for those enter-ing the building outside normal business hours). This is all part of the growing pains that we can expect, and I hope y’all will be patient.

Sometime this summer, we plan to open up the St. Andrew’s chapel for visi-tors, prayers, and meditation on a 24-hour basis. During discussions with vestry mem-bers, we’ve decided that what this world needs now is more prayer. We understand that prayer must be followed up with ac-tion, but it must always begin with prayer. Accordingly, we are going to be placing boxes in strategic locations in the commu-nity where people can drop in messages containing their hopes and concerns. And we, as a church, will take those requests and sit in the chapel and pray for them.

Also, we will be beginning a new class offering later this June at St. Mat-thew’s. These classes will be on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. (there is more information about the first class elsewhere in the news-letter). While I’ll be leading the first class (a study of the Book of Esther), we are hoping that this turns into something more long term with other people suggesting books, Bible studies, discussions, each of us taking a leadership role in furthering our journey with Christ here on earth. So, please attend, but be thinking how each of us can contribute.

And there’s going to be Soul Food hot dogs at Wednesday lunches, ice cream socials, craft fairs, ball games, vacations, fishing, hiking, visiting families. Births, weddings, life going on. Visiting friends and neighbors and fellow parishioners. So, don’t go thinking that summer is going to be lazy and hazy.

Finally, I want to say that I’ve been here almost a year. And I’ve come to abso-lutely love this place and its people. . . and especially all of you. You’ve been so warm and welcoming that I look back at my initial nervousness of moving up with Yankees and laugh.

This land and all that lives in it are a blessing to this country of ours. I watch new crops being put in, calves and sheep taking their first steps, folks venturing out into the sunshine, and I thank God for let-ting me be a part of it.

So, to each of you, let’s get the sum-mer activities underway, and get our church work done, and go out and enjoy the blessings God has given us. And while we’re at it, let’s share some of that, too.

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