FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN – AN AMBITIOUS SUMMER
It’s here. I have the black fly bite mark to prove that we have entered Spring. As I write this, it is still cool and cloudy and that is spring in the Adirondacks.
First, I wish to welcome back our snow birds to the North Country. We have missed you and are glad to see your safe return.
In a few weeks on the 17th we will be joyously receiving the Marlow family into our congregation, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. On that day, we hope to also get a congregational photo so I hope you will join us and bring your smiles.
The following week has us beginning our summer program with three worship service opportunities. Our regular service will be led by Michael Martin with contemporary music. If interested you will find me preaching at Chapel Island in Upper Saranac Lake. The boat leaves from the end of Old Dock Road beginning at 10:15 and all are welcome. On Sunday evening, we will kick off our Bloomingdale Summer Services at 7:00 pm at our lovely church in Bloomingdale. These will be praise and prayer services with songs and a message. If you can’t make one, we hope to see you at one of the others.
Throughout the summer months we will be holding the two services to greet new people and to help others to have worship in these very busy and active months. I am overjoyed at the reopening of the Bloomingdale church and the opportunity to bring a visible Methodist presence back into that community.
One further challenge is with our Lutheran brothers and sisters. On the 24th of June, an already busy day, the Lutheran congregation will be moving their worship service to 8:15 on Sundays. This will be a weekly communion service and bring both congregations into closer proximity for introduction and fellowship. I am excited by this change as well in that we show that as a congregation we can adjust, explore and change as needed. A dynamic church is a fruitful church.
I wish you all a joyous summer as we worship together, pray together, work together, laugh together and play together.
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