Happy Summer! This is the time of year temperatures rise, pools heat up and kids are out of school. There is also something else that happens this time every year … Vacation Bible School! This is going to be a great year for VBS.
If you have never participated in Vacation Bible School I recommend you experience it at least once. Many people come back year after year. For our children they will be following The Jesus Way. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Our kids' curriculum is from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and has daily lessons based on the way Jesus lived his life: feeding, forgiving, loving the neighbor, serving humbly, and praying. It will be a fantastic experience as they grow in the faith.
For our adult class I will be reteaching the basics of the faith. Earlier this year Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding Bishop of the ELCA, urged churches to reteach the Small Catechism in preparation for this year being the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Do you know much about basic Christian theology? You are invited and invited to invite others. We will go through the Small Catechism which talks about the 10 Commandments, The Lord’s Prayer, Apostles’ Creed, Baptism and Communion. All the basics of our faith. I have had a surprising number of people over the years ask if we ever have Confirmation for adults. This will be that opportunity.
Vacation Bible School is only a week long but can make a lifetime of difference. Who knows how many people will learn of God’s love for them for the first time? Who might really have their faith come alive? Will it be you?
He is Risen! He is risen Indeed! We remain in the Easter season throughout this month of May. As I write this Easter Sunday was only a little over a week ago. But as it often is, we move on quickly with other things that need attending to in life. It is good to be reminded that Easter is a season that lasts far beyond Easter day.
The Saturday after Easter Sunday we had a Leadership Retreat. Congregational leaders met for four or so hours to pray and reflect on our life together. You will be hearing more about the retreat next Sunday in worship when we will take a congregational survey. This will all be used to help discern where the Holy Spirit is leading us during this time.
Early this month, May 4-6, our Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly will be held in Fresno. This is the annual gathering of the 200 or so Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s churches in Northern California and Nevada. This gathering is also held to discern the direction in which the Holy Spirit is leading our churches as a regional group. Please be praying for the Assembly. Gloria Miller and I will be representing Good Shepherd.
As we continue in this season of Easter I pray that we are reminded of how God is calling each of us, as individuals, as congregations and as the larger Church. Where is God calling you?