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Gearing Up For Summer
One of my favorite TV shows is NCIS. In almost every episode, very near the beginning, LeRoy Jethro Gibbs, comes from behind his desk and says, "Grab your gear, Let's go!" The NCIS team always has their gear ready to go. In last month's newletter, I wrote about May being a month for change in many of our lives. If May is a month for change, then June is the month for "gearing up for summer." June 10th is the last day for school in the Freeman School District, and shortly following, families and individuals will begin their summer vacation, or they will be thinking about and planning for the requirements that come with owning a farm, or various organizations will be focusing on the summer community activities that are on the "not so distanct horizon."
Our church is no different. Plans are well underway for our Vacation Bible School, which will be held in the City Park, beginning Monday, August 4th at 9:00 a.m. and ending at noon each day. Crafts are being readied, skits will be rehearsed, music will be practiced, snacks are being planned, and volunteers are "resting up" as they get ready to welcome some forty or more children every day, Monday through Friday. Pray daily for the children who will attending and for the volunteer staff. For some of the children, VBS could be their only opportunity to have Christ be a part of their lives.
All over Methodism, annual conferences will be meeting. Clergy will be preparing to leave a parish to move to another church location, and some of the moves will be difficult, and some will be welcomed. Keep all clergy, their families and the laity who will be attending the various annual conferences in your prayers.
Plans will be made for the celebration of our nation's birthday, and of course, the roads will be filled with travelers who will journey to be with families, and to visit many of the national parks, and to other sites in our great nation. Keep the travelers in your prayers.
In addition to VBS, our church will be "Worshipping in the Park" on Sunday, August 3rd, followed by a potluck dinner. We will also be participating in "Faith Night" by going "out to the old ballgame," to enjoy watching the Spokane Indians "Play Ball!"
As we "Gear Up For Summer," I would ask you to remember our church and its' financial needs. It is easy to overlook, but the church continues to do ministry to those around us, and we need your prayers and your continued financial support. As you "Gear Up For Summer," remember also to give thanks to God for His great love for each of us, and to ask His continued blessing on our nation and our Church.
Have a great and safe summer!
Grace and Peace, Rodney
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Rev. Rodney C. Wallace, pastor
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