It is September and our Church’s mission and activity springs back into full throttle. We just made it through the summer financially because of your prayerful and faithful giving. September still is a tricky month in that full attendance doesn’t happen until mid-month. I ask that you all keep the 13th month giving alive and catch-up on any pledged giving you missed over the summer.
I firmly believe that our financial picture will improve as we move into fall and winter. I am seeing new faces and am delighted to see former members returning to our worship services. Pastor Marty has brought a young and fresh spirit to the pulpit. Our youth are looking forward to using their new meeting room and I know that we will see them in service to the congregation and the community this year. We will package 10,000 meals for the hungry and start the Sunday School year off with Rally Day. The Bell, Adult and Kids choirs will bring lovely music to our worship. The Council will begin meeting and planning for our new Constitution and By-laws ratification. Our Pre-School will begin fall/winter class schedules.
Now here’s the BIG question. Are you attending or participating in other events, group meetings, ministries, education and services outside of Sunday worship? If you are, then you are enriching your spiritual life and growing in Christ. If not, you are missing a large part of what it is to be a member of a community or family in Christ. By getting involved outside of weekly worship, you connect to other members, learn more about your faith and yourself, and feel more invested the mission of CLC. This year, I challenge you to attend or do something new that you have not done before in the life of the church. I may be asking you to come out of your comfort zone, but believe me, the benefits far outweigh the effort.
I know that you all have a deep love for the mission and success of CLC. I know that you think of it as your spiritual home. If CLC nourishes you, don’t you think that you could tell someone else about it? This is probably the hardest thing for Lutherans to do, speak openly about their faith and ask a friend or neighbor to attend services with them. We have something real and blessed in our family. We should want anyone we care for to be a part of our family too.
I ask that you keep the Pastor, Mary, the staff, the Council, the Sunday School teachers, and all of the other people who enrich our spiritual lives in your prayers always.
Your sister in Christ,