Blessings in the name of our Lord, Savior, and friend Jesus!
Well, here we are at the beginning of September, while at the same time nearing the end of summer. As has been the case these last six years this time of the year sneaks up on me way too quickly. During the months of June, July and August there is generally a slowdown of activities here at Emmanuel. Because that happens, it often affords me the opportunity to catch up on many of the projects and programs I have had to place on the back burner during the more busy times of the year. Yet, I have to admit it never seems as if I get caught up on my list like I had hoped I would. There always appears to be things, or situations which come up that were neither planned nor scheduled for. With that being the case once again, I guess I will have to start planning for next summer in hopes of being successful at accomplishing more of the items on my list.
So what is in store for us, at Emmanuel, in the coming month? First of all, I would like to wish everyone a blessed, safe and enjoyable Labor Day celebration. This is usually considered to be the coup de grace of summertime activities. This year will be quite different considering the social distancing situation we are and have been in for several months. Still, we have so much to celebrate in this country we live in, a country which has been unbelievably blessed by our God. In the midst of what is going on in this nation, let us remember those blessings. And, as you and I plan celebrating the holiday with family and friends, may we use care, caution and concern for one another. The Lord calls us to love and care for our neighbor, so let us be faithful in our task!
We are planning to have Rally Day, at Emmanuel, on September 13th. On that day, weather permitting, we are hoping to have an outdoor contemporary style service with our Praise Team assisting with the music. We will have a blessing of the backpacks as the kids reconnect with their schools for a new year. We will plan on beginning the early children’s Sunday school class that day. I am also hoping we can have an outdoor picnic to add to the day’s festivities. What a great time it would be for us to dedicate the new Pavilion to the glory of God as well. Watch the bulletin, our website, and our Facebook page for further information.
As the Church year advances we continue to travel through Pentecost Season. This season, as I stated when we started it three months ago, has its focus on encouraging us to grow in our Christian faith. The Apostle Peter, in 2 Peter 3:18, tells the early believers and us, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen!” It should be our desire to be present in God’s house, be in the study of God’s Word, and be in prayerful conversation with God on a regular basis. Relationships are nurtured and they flourish and grow when intimate contact takes place often. I pray as we move forward in the season of green (a sign of growing) each of you will recommit yourselves to a more healthy approach in your spiritual life, a life centered on Christ.
As I end this article, with great sadness I would like to offer a special thank you to our Church’s Secretary, Teresa Bohannon, who has served her Lord and our congregation faithfully for 5 years. What a true joy it has been for me to work in ministry with this Christ-centered and committed servant, who has used her God-given gifts to bless me, the members of Emmanuel, and all who have called upon her for assistance. May the Lord bless and keep her in all her ways from this time forth and forever more. Please make it a point to let Teresa know how much you appreciate her and how much she will be missed!!!!!!!!