There is a set of pictures brings which brings a huge smile to my face every time I pass it. No, it’s not my grandchildren. It’s on an easel in Fellowship Hall and these pictures show a whole bunch of you, almost all wearing yellow T-shirts that say “God’s Work, Our Hands.” And the smile they bring takes me back to Sunday, September 7th. That day many of the ELCA congregations across the US took part in “God’s Work, Our Hands.”
Here in Ardmore we took the church out into the community with a choice of four service projects: sprucing up our cemetery, filling Aid for Friends trays, packing toiletries for the Life Center of Delaware County, and spreading 20 yards of mulch in South Ardmore Park. I took part in the park project, and it was fun!! I could not believe how much fun it was! I was really impressed with the group of young children and youth who worked with me at one of the sites. They could really wield those shovels and rakes.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing,” God told the faithful in Isaiah. Well, nothing could be truer for the faithful in Ardmore. In ways I do not remember ever experiencing, I hear God singing loudly, “Behold (Listen), I am doing a new thing here!” There God is definitely doing a new thing with us, and the excitement is palpable.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing!” It has been really exciting to work with our 250th anniversary task force. Among many other plans, we will be having one guest preacher a month from October 2014 through October 2015. These preachers are former pastors, nationally known speakers, and one former Presiding Bishop of the ELCA. We already have 12 of the 13 preachers booked! And there are many other historical, social and musical events planned. In fact, we have a book detailing all of them which is almost ready for publication. “Behold, I am doing a new thing!” Our Building on Blessings campaign was born from the Strategic Planning council initiated in May of 2012. At that time, a congregational survey was taken which zeroed in on Increased Pastoral Resources. I do hope and pray all of you will make a commitment to Building On Blessings.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing!” I am guessing that most of you will be receiving this just a few days before our Associate Pastor candidate preaches her call sermon on September 28. I, the call committee, and the church council have been most impressed with Laura. Please come and meet her on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00, and then Sunday, at 9:00 am or 10:30 am.
Pastor Skip McDowell