Good Folks, it is Friday, May 12, 2017. Only two days until Mother’s Day, 24 days until Pentecost and 45 days until Father’s Day. (Hint, Hint, Hint)
On June 18, Father’s Day, Pastor Alex Williams will be preaching this Sunday, 10:30A.M., one service. It will be a time to say thank you for his leadership, many sermons preached, topics taught, church meetings attended, and to wish him and Emma and Henry Oscar our support, prayers and blessings as they launch into a new season of pastoral ministry. There will be a reception afterwards with goodies sponsored by SPRC, and an opportunity to express your gratitude.
It is on that Sunday, June 18, that a new series entitled, God’s Promises-God’s Generosity, will launch. This also begins the “Seven Summer Sundays” with one service at 10:30 A.M. Who knows, maybe a covered dish meal could be planned and a time to break bread in fellowship could happen. Years ago I heard the phrase, “We are only limited by our creativity.” Well folks, be creative and intentional.
The summer months bring travel, a slower pace for some and a time to recharge one’s batteries for the soul. I will continue to harvest from the gardens, plant some summer vegetables and plan for the next season of sermons for the fall. I do plan to continue the Covenant Book Study in the fall and spring on Wednesdays. The topics are still unknown but am amiable to ideas.
I have been thinking that June to August could be a time where no robe and stole are used for Sunday morning worship, except for when the Sacraments are administered. Lest I forget, one Sunday this summer, bring out your Hawaiian shirt folks. And why not?
Let me conclude appealing to your soul, of generosity and moral conscience. It was some weeks ago, on a Tuesday [it is Rotary @ 7AM for me] that I was driving to my office at about 6:15A.M. on Daniel Street. And what I saw has haunted me since that moment. I saw an elementary school child walking to school, by himself, looking over his shoulder, being leery of every car that past him. And rightly so.
You see folks, Central Elementary does not begin until 7:30A.M. My heart aches for the parent(s) that most likely leave early for work; possibly no family or neighbor to carpool, or even funds to insure this child’s well-being. Do not begin to assess blame. My question, as a church, what can we do? Could we open our Aldersgate Fellowship Hall with folks willing to welcome the child on the road to school, early in the morning? We could have a drop-off area that could just make a difference in a family’s life and maybe serve a warm biscuit and cup of chocolate milk in the Lord’s name?
Yes, there are many logistical issues to talk about regarding this possibility. Pray about this. Let me know if this is something that you just might be interested in. I have tried to live by this philosophy, “See a need and fill it.”
See you Sunday in church. I will be preaching John 15:15ff. Love, family, empowerment and hope.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank