A year ago, I wrote about how we were going to be adapting our church programs and ministry to the on-going COVID pandemic.  I wrote about adapting to the limitations and protocols that were guiding our work.  COVID is still going on.  The numbers are rising again in our state and city.  We are watching the numbers and our council will adapt programs as needed so that we care for one another and stay healthy. I encourage you to get the vaccine if you are eligible and have not yet done so.  The science and lived experience show that it is safe and that it is effective. Even with breakthrough cases, it keeps the symptoms mild.

Fall program planning has been underway and this newsletter has information about all that is going on.  We welcome Del Hubers as our new choir director and are excited to have our music ministry get going again.  Kay Dahlquist will be directing the adult hand chimes group.  All are welcome to participate in both.

A theme that runs through our gospel readings for September is Servanthood.  What does servanthood look like.  We will consider that it is cross-shaped, welcoming, and diverse, but all with a unity of purpose which is to share the love of Jesus with others so that they, too, come to know God.

We’ll celebrate many milestones this fall, especially for our youngest learners.  As we mark these faith steps with them, it is a time for us to consider ourselves how we grow our faith.  As we give Bibles and story Bibles, as we give prayer pillows, As these young disciples begin to develop faith practices, we can renew our commitment to doing them as well. I encourage you to renew your practices of scripture reading and prayer. 

We are servants of The Servant.  Jesus came not to be served but to serve and give his life for all.  Let us say thanks by growing our faith and serving our neighbor. 

Blessings on your September!   Pastor Siri