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June Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters,

We have made it to the home stretch of another school year! It is amusing to me, that in the rhythms of our lives, June has always felt much more like the end of the year to me than December. And September is my New Year’s, when things change and new things begin, instead of January, which is mired in the dull drudge of winter.

I suppose I thought that this might change when I was finally finished with school, but it turns out church life follows much the same patterns! We are wrapping up things:
Sunday School, confirmation, small group Bible studies, choirs. The summer will be spent in both special yearly activities, like VBS and Colonial Sunday and also in
preparation and anticipation for the return of our Fall-Spring events.

Despite our changing routines, activities, and interests, God is constant in our lives. Since my own routines change so drastically in the summer, I have found it helpful to
include intentional devotions in the summer and to find ways to stop and reflect.

Wherever you may be this summer, I hope that you find ways to feel connected to God and connected to St. Paul’s. I will continue posting my sermons weekly on my blog, so
even if you are out of town you can still worship on your own!

Our Pub Theology group will continue to meet in the summer, on the fourth Monday of the month, and our summer book club will regroup later in June (book TBA). And of
course, VBS will be held from June 19-23!

As we give thanks for another year past, we also ask that God help us stay aware of God’s presence in the midst of the summer: gatherings with family and friends, backyard
barbecues, happy vacations, and flowering gardens. As we work, play, and enjoy, may we feel God’s love within and around us.

In Christ,
Pastor Laura

June Chimes

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