Last Sunday was another great day in the life of First Church! What a great Celebrating Connection event we had in the Christian Growth Center. There were 63 booths where people could sign up to volunteer or be part of a class or group—opportunities to connect into the life of the church. People were mingling everywhere, talking, learning information, considering where to be involved. There was great energy and enthusiasm. Many thanks to our Equipping Team for their leadership, and to Rev. Sherrie Schork who ended her tenure with us as Director of Equipping Ministries. Good luck in future endeavors, Sherrie, and we’ll still see you in church! Remember that Eliza Sease has become Director of Lay Ministry and Missions, and call on her if she can help you connect!
Then Sunday evening was our annual Back to School Bash, an event we put on each year as an outreach to the children and families of our community. This year it was publicized at not only Central Elementary, our neighborhood partner school, but at other local elementary schools as well. I was out of town, but I understand the event was a fabulous success. Although there was light rain, some 450 people showed up, with many families from Central and new families in our Child Development Center. Food trucks sold out of some items. This is one way we are “welcoming ALL” to our property and ministry. Thanks to all who helped make it successful.
I was in Charlotte during the Bash, for a party/shower for our daughter Kari and son-in-law Mark, as they prepare for their new baby, due October 1. It was great being with them and their friends as we anticipate this big event. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it happens! And a note on our grandson Rowan who is now 4 months and over 11 pounds! Not bad for a premie who weighed in at 3 lb 3 oz! Thanks to all for your prayers and concern for him.
While the last couple of days have felt more like August, there are hints of fall in the air and in the trees. Labor Day is this weekend. Wonderful Wednesday and MusicMakers resume next week. We are getting back into the flow of routine. It must be fall!
Some of you will take the Labor Day opportunity to be at the lake or beach. Have fun. Be safe. And I’ll suggest that this is a good time to pause in our quiet time with God to be thankful for the laborers who make our lives tick. I think of farm laborers, truck drivers, grocery store stock clerks, cashiers, and even restaurant cooks and serving staff, through whom our food comes. I think of those who make our clothes, ship them, sell them. I am grateful for those who build our buildings and cars, and who do repairs on them, and those who assemble our electronics upon which we have become so dependent. I give thanks for those who landscape our properties and who take away our garbage and recycling.
I’m sure you could name more. Where would we be without those who labor each day, some highly skilled and fairly paid, but many who scrape to get by on meager wages. Let’s remember as we enjoy a holiday and give thanks for them. And it doesn’t hurt to put in a good word for a fair, living wage for all.
And if you’re in town this weekend, I’ll see you in church Sunday!