GREETINGS FROM THE PASTOR
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the weather for the beginning of September will be similar to what we experienced in July and August…ugh! Despite this, we know that with September’s arrival, cooler nights and less humid days are on their way. September also marks the start of a new program year at church. This is an exciting time at First Church and we will celebrate with a special Rally Day Brunch on Sunday, September 9th following worship. One way to kick-off the program year is to let everyone know about the variety of opportunities and programs that are offered here at First Church. This year, in addition to the printed program booklet, we will have display tables set-up in Fellowship Hall with information on Missions, Congregational Life, Working Committees, Worship and Music. Whether you are interested in putting your faith into action, discussing a good book, baking bread, teaching Sunday School, being an usher on Sunday morning, or finding other opportunities…there are so many ways to deepen your faith, build relationships and find community, truly there is something for everyone! I do hope that you will join us for worship and stay for the brunch.
September also happens to be my favorite time of year to travel. And so, after church on Sunday, September 16th Linda and I will be leaving for a 2-week vacation to England. For the first week we’ll be on a walking tour of the Cotswolds— a rural area of south central England known for its rolling hills, grassland harbor thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone. From there we travel to Bath and then London, returning to the states on October 1st. I am looking forward to this holiday, especially our time walking in the Cotswolds. I was reminded of this quote by John Muir—‘Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.’
See you in September!
Peace, Rev. Margret
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