Since this is our #newsletterblog, let’s begin with our most important announcement: worship this Sunday, September 26th is at 9:30 a.m.

Just want to make sure we’re all on that page together…

Now, I know we are all getting very excited for so many reasons. Fall officially began yesterday. October is just around the corner next week. And our church’s Fall Kick-Off is next Sunday, October 3rd!

If you are anything like me, part of you is not only wishing for cooler weather, but you’re also already dreaming of the costumes looming in five weeks, and smelling the turkey and stuffing three weeks later, and feeling the chill of that first snowflake on your nose soon after. Fun times are certainly ahead.

Yet I know that this year also holds a continued sense of foreboding thanks to the ongoing pandemic that remains ominously breathing down our necks. Plus the overwhelming exhaustion after the last eighteen months of already dealing with this scourge of plague – we are so ready to be done.

As Ron Weasley once said, “[You] can’t possibly be feeling all that at once, can [you]?”

Well, yes, Ron. Yes, we can. All of those emotions are understandable and perfectly okay.

Until we get through this storm, I am going to continue to point us to the practice that my late husband and I learned while our twin sons were in NICU for the first two and a half months of their lives: when the future is uncertain, you celebrate every chance you get.

So, get your festive fall-wear ready (perhaps the layered version in case it stays warm), because World Communion is up first on October 3rd and we have some bright, smiling little eyes who are going to be very excited to be back in our halls. As the Psalmist sang, The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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