July 2010 Newsletter

Dear Friends in Christ,

With summer here, I hope you will all have time for rest and re-creation. I also hope that you will be attentive to God and spend time in nurturing your spiritual life. There are so many opportunities in these summer months to reconnect with the Lord and grow stronger in Christ.

Just the other day, I was driving with two of my children through the Berkshires, enjoying the lush green grass and trees, the amazing mountains, the peaceful farm country with roving animals, and the splashes of vibrant color from wild flowers and carefully tended rural gardens. Such peaceful yet magnificent beauty naturally stirs the heart to give thanks and praise to God, to celebrate the handiwork of our Creator. I hope each of us will have time this summer to drink deeply of earth's beauty and give God the honor and glory.

The more relaxed schedule of summer can also give us more time to devote to the "ordinances of God," as John Wesley would have called them. Finding time for prayer, bible study, worship and service opens us up to the movement of the Holy Spirit and feeds our souls with new life and renewed energy. This summer a special study on "Prayer" will be offered Friday mornings from 10AM-noon and Sunday's after worship at 11:15 AM. Please take advantage of one of these opportunities to focus on the role of prayer in our Christian walk as we search the scriptures to hear God speak to us.

Through the month of July, you will also have extra opportunities for worship. The Sunday morning 9:30 AM service and a different, shorter, more casual service on Saturday nights at 6:00 PM will make worship more accessible to folks with family plans or weekend outings. Join us on Saturday or Sunday for worship and fellowship.

Finally, consider using some spare time this summer to offer service for God and for others. The Lunch Box continues to need volunteers. Our church folk will be going on July 19 and August 16. Vacation Bible School (which runs July 26-30) always needs extra hands to help bring fun and games and biblical truth to the children of our church and community. Spend time cleaning closets or attics or basements, so you can donate your old stuff to those who will view it as gratefully received treasure. Make time to visit the sick, call on a shut-in, help a neighbor, reach out to someone in need.

Summer is a time for rest and relaxation. But summer also presents us with opportunities to be more attentive to our relationship with God and more faithful as disciples of Jesus Christ. May God bless you with a spiritually renewing, and restorative summer through the power of the Holy Spirit and for the sake of Christ's ministry in the world.

In Christ's Love,

Rev. Peggy Ann Sauerhoff