A Word From the Pastor

A Word From the Pastor
Pastor, Rev. Heather Kattan

The wind and Spirit of Pentecost will soon be upon us as we celebrate together on June 9. This day is often referred to as the "birthday of the church," and the moment that the Spirit called each of our gifts to build the church. It is also the end of our regular program year and the beginning of our summer events. We tend to have events that are more relaxed during the summer. I invite you to take the time to recharge and rest during this time of sunny weather and vacations. Even if you are staying at home and working, I would like you to think about ways that you can recharge in your life.

This September my son, Jacob, is beginning kindergarten, and it will be a time of change for him and us. He pre-viously was in a daycare center for Pre-K, which let us drop him off anytime in the morning and pick him up late in the afternoon. Kindergarten will shift our timing, and there will be no flexibility in school hours. We will adjust to the changes, but I am feeling as if we need to completely reset how we do things to get there. Sometimes in our lives we just run into a time where we need to clean out and get ready for something new to enter. If you are like me, then you can get caught in a routine or way of doing things. While routines are good, sometimes we need to stop and open our eyes to a new path that might be better. We need to find the things that are going to light a fire in our lives and awaken our souls. Sometimes we might just need a push in the right direction… like the start of kindergarten.

We will be having our annual church picnic on Sunday, June 9, after service. The burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers will be provided. Please bring along a side or dessert to share. It is a great time to invite a friend along! We will also be having a joint service on June 30, which will explore the music of the Beatles and how that speaks to spirituality. It will be at 11:00AM at First UMC, and there will be some wonderful music and thoughtful explorations of our relationship with the divine.

If you are at the church in the late part of June, you might notice a big construction project happening. The two large, triangle, stained glass windows in the sanctuary are going to be undergoing repair. We are constantly looking for ways to make our building safe, comfortable, and able to sustain our ministry. Part of that in the past few years has meant a new roof, a new boiler, and now new windows. Church leadership looks to the ways that we can keep our building in the best condition to be a place that all people can come to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. In the coming weeks, we are going to be exploring the idea of a financial campaign to help move forward our dreams for the church. We invite you to come and dream with us! (Information will be available at our Jun 9 service.)

Come and worship with us this summer as we reset and renew!

In Christ,
Pastor Heather