As we look toward September and the beginning of another “Activity Year,” these words of greeting to the church in Rome- these words of thanksgiving for their partnership in ministry- are words that convey my thoughts about you at this time. I cannot remember a more exciting “New Year” beginning than this one.
First, we have “God’s Work, Our Hands” on Sunday, September 7th. What a great celebration and experience that day is going to be! At the one service (9:30), we’ll have the Blessing of the Backpacks and School Students, the Blessing of All Educators, and the Installation of the Sunday School Staff. Following the liturgy, we’ll leave the building and go to one of four service projects where we will do “God’s work” with “our hands.” This will be a witness for the church serving the community. The service projects include cleaning up South Ardmore Park, sprucing up our cemetery, filling Aid for Friends food trays, and packing toiletries for the Delaware Life Center. After our projects, we’ll all come back to the church lawn for our annual picnic. In Paul’s words, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout all the world.
The other news that has me excited as we begin this “New Year” is the potential pending call of a new Associate Pastor. This call follows nearly three years of process. It all began when church council brought in an expert in strategic planning in May of 2012.
One of the three areas we zeroed in on was Increased Pastoral Resources. A congregational survey was done in which calling a second pastor was overwhelmingly suggested by respondents.
Our “Building on Blessings” campaign was established largely to meet this need. I am so personally grateful for all who responded to this opportunity. And I want to assure you that you can still do so!
As Council President Bill Henderson reported last Sunday, the candidate has met with the Call Committee and then the Council. Both voted unanimously to have her preach a call sermon for a congregational vote. This will take place on Sunday, September 28.
I am very excited about this, and say again, using Paul’s words, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout all the world.”
Pastor Skip McDowell