Welcome to September 2020!

Pastor Suzi Orlopp

A year ago at this time we were talking about the kick off to fall programing, changes to programs and all sorts of exciting new classes, Bible studies, and all the excitement that comes with fall. And I know this will not come as a shock to any of you, but all those announcements are different this year. But that’s it…they are different but most are still happening. We are excited to be kicking off confirmation this year with a new theme, curriculum and schedule for the night. Sunday school will start with two options.

More faith formation details

Harvest of Hands is in planning stages and the goal is to still raise money and awareness for hunger in our world. Bible studies for all age groups will continue, some over zoom and some in person.

Worship and how we gather for worship might be the biggest difference this year but we are so proud to say we have continued to have quality, God-centered and glorifying worship every Sunday.

Some are gathering in the sanctuary for worship and we know Jesus says in Matthew 18,

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.

Some are gathering in homes and this is good, for it says in Romans 16:5a

Greet also the church in their house.

Some are gathering outside and in cars, and we know this is good for it says in 1 Corinthians 1:2,

called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Worship might look, and has looked, a little different but we know we gather to proclaim Christ, share the word of God and be sent into our hurting world by the Holy Spirit.

While pondering how the Holy Spirit is leading us to be the church in this time and in this place, I came across a blessing in the book “Ordinary Blessings” by Meta Herrick Carlson. I think we have come to the threshold of a door in history, as we walk through it life will continue to be different for we have entered a new space, but we know the one constant is our God, for as it says in many psalms “His steadfast love endures forever.” Join us as we continue to walk the new and yet same path of being God’s called and claimed children. And so I leave you with this blessing:

For Walking Through Doors
Before you pass through
stop long enough
to hear your hopes for the other side.

You cannot know for sure just yet,
which paints this portico in adventure.
It’s the unknowable that makes it wild and holy.