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September Chimes

“Fall Back into Faith”

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ,

It is wonderful to be back with you after twelve weeks of maternity leave. I am so grateful for the time the church provided for me to recuperate and bond with our new little one. When we figured out the timing of everything and realized I would be coming back from leave at the beginning of August, it felt perfect. August is always spent planning and gearing up for the fall, when many of our church programs return in full swing. This year is no different, as the fall brings the return of Sunday school and small groups and everyone’s favorite event: Rally Day!

Of course, things will look different this year as we continue to seek the safest and healthiest choices during a global pandemic. Even though it takes a different form, I am excited to invite you to our Rally Day 2020, Sunday, September 13:

Worship: Join us for worship via YouTube. The video link will be sent out Sunday morning, like usual. On Rally Day we will have a blessing of students and teachers and special prayers for the new school year.

Education: Rally Day always signals the beginning of Sunday School and other educational groups at the church, and this year is no different. Sunday School will be taking place over Zoom the first Sunday of every month at 9:30. (The link will be sent out in the weekly announcement emails.) We’ll have a chance to see our friends and teachers, share Bible stories and prayers, and sing songs together. On other Sundays, look for videos from your Sunday School teachers and others at church sharing Bible stories and crafts.

On Rally Day, you can stop by St. Paul’s to pick up packets of materials for both Sunday School and confirmation.

Service: An important part of every Rally Day is “God’s Work. Our Hands.” day of service. You are invited to bring donations for the Ardmore Food Pantry and Caring for Friends to St. Paul’s on Rally Day (or anytime) and drop them off. Be sure to take a selfie with the big yellow banner and email it to the church office. Of course, you can participate from home, too, and still send a picture in!

Fellowship: Picnic together without having to move any tables around! Join the Coffee Hour Zoom on Sundays at 10:30 to catch up with all your church friends. I am reminded in this season of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman by the well in John 4. She asked him where the proper place to worship God was. Jesus responded that place was not nearly as important as worshipping “in spirit and truth.” These past six months we have found that to be true. Although we long to be together physically, our worship of God is no less sacred or meaningful because we are apart.

In Christ

Pastor Laura

September Chimes

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