The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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September 2017
Did you have a good summer? For me, it just was not long enough and I want summer to keep going and going. But I know that wishing it will keep going does not stop the pages on the calendar from turning to September. As I look out the window, the summer flowers are beautiful and still in bloom. We are fast approaching the time when some parents will be dropping their children off at college and helping them to settle into their dormitories. Other parents are getting their children ready for the startup of school where before we know it, school buses will be busy picking up children for school. Once school starts, grandparents will be wondering what to do with all of their free time.
The month of September brings with it a new year of church ministries and programming here at UMCE. The calendar is starting to fill with meetings, plans are being made for Sunday school, a confirmation class and we are in need of a youth group leader. Our Thursday evening Bible Study is moving to 11 am Thursday morning, and before you know it our choir will be singing during worship. I pray that all our planning will be acceptable and pleasing in God’s sight.
I personally pray that our church leaders will keep a vision of Christ's love working through them as they make decisions for Christ’s church. I pray that Christ’s love shine through each one of us as we go into our world to share it with everyone we meet. As we start our new year, let’s not allow any roadblocks to keep us from trying to start something new. Any roadblocks can be removed with the power of the Holy Spirit working through us as we do ministry to our community and world. As preparation continues, I'm looking forward to a new year of ministry with you.
Finally, I love the hot weather and have thoroughly enjoyed this summer with all the freshly picked fruits and vegetables. Yet, with the signs of the coming fall and glorious fall foliage fast approaching, I am looking forward to seeing everyone back in worship. There is, indeed, a certain excitement and energy that comes with fall.
One more thing, as we gear up for this year I would like you to invite and bring a friend or neighbor to church with you on Rally Sunday on September 10th. Maybe they will hear that simple but important message that they need—that they are loved accepted and welcomed here at UMCE.