Growing up, I remember the Tuesday after Labor Day as a day filled with excitement and dread. The night before school was to begin I strangely always had a dull stomach ache. I wanted to go to school but I also wanted to keep the freedom and the joy of the summer for just a little longer. In the morning, with my new shoes on, my backpack packed, my class schedule clutched in my sweaty palm I would board the bus and head off to school. This last Tuesday, as I returned to work for the first time after my sabbatical these same competing feelings returned. A tinge of sadness saying goodbye to the summer and yet a readiness to return to fall routines and to ministry. Yet 'time and tide wait for no man' and so it is back to school and work and church we go! For those of you with a September stomach ache, I invite you back to church. Church is your weekly reset - the place where you can stay connected to God in all seasons and hear a piece of Good News for the week ahead.
I hope you will join us at our annual kick off Sunday and I hope you are ask excited as I am about this upcoming year of ministry together. The town hall meeting at 9:45 a.m., the 11 a.m. worship service, and the ministry fair at 12 p.m. are all perfect ways to begin the new season and get back in the swing of things.