Peace and Grace to you.
There are a few things swirling in my mind as I write to you. Our Confirmation program, the approaching season of Lent and the mission of our church are a few of them.
It’s so good to get to know some of our young people better and to explore our Christian faith with them. We will have a total of twelve hours of classtime plus time spent in service and on “field trips” to other Christian churches during our Confirmation program this winter and spring. There may be other events as well in the planning! Getting to know these four young people is one of the rewards, for me, of leading our Confirmation program. If they decide to be confirmed in May, it will be a good sign for the future of our faith and our church. Confirmation not only is an opportunity to say “YES” to their baptism but is also the time that a young person becomes a full member of their local church. We are using the book, Way to Live, for our “text” and it is such a good resource. Instead of a dry, pedantic “confirmation book”, Way to Live speaks in lively language and with personal examples about how to live the way of Jesus. Please keep Jake, Ashley, Becca and Luuc in your prayers during this time of exploration and reflection of the way to live and follow Jesus.
I’ve been rereading a book called Faith Through Works: Church Renewal Through Mission by Rev. Bill Briggs. I met Bill when my daughter Katie and I went on a mission trip to
If you have thoughts about the above or anything else that you’d like to share, please always feel welcome and invited to talk with me. Another way to pass on thoughts is to pop a note into “Our Thoughts Box” in the Round Room. The box is checked frequently.
And, as always, I invite you to talk personally/call/email me if there is anything at all that you’d like to talk or pray about.
In Jesus’ Name,