Labor Day Weekend—for me that means the end of summer and the beginning of fall—a new school year, a new church program year, a new rhythm of life, work, play, rest and worship. The beginnings are at least as important as the ending. For years when I lived in Seattle there was a big music festival over Labor Day weekend—we marked the end of the summer with a bang! Alice called them my ‘high holy days’! Three or four days of music spread across 6 or 7 stages at the Seattle Center. It was fun and exhausting! I think some kind of celebration to mark the change of season is good—are you doing anything this Labor Day?
As I look ahead to the fall, I am excited. We are welcoming new members on September 13 (can you imagine, new members in the midst of a pandemic?). Our session approved our mission study and we have submitted it to the presbytery for their approval. The next step is electing a Pastor Nominating Committee. Your nominating committee is already at work on this, and we will announce a congregational meeting soon for the election. You should expect the search process to take something like 6 to 9 months (but it could be more or less—the key thing is finding the person God is calling to lead FPC in this time).
We launch Immerse on September 20. I hope you will sign up to join an Immerse Group for this 8 week period! Whether you are a relative stranger to the Bible or it is an old friend, this experience could reshape your faith. Don’t miss out! Get more information and sign up here: http://fpcslc.org/immerse/
Finally, our session is reviewing the reopening task force recommendations this coming week. Please be in prayer for wisdom and discernment as we look for how and when we can worship together physically. Of course, we will continue to worship on line throughout as well and will keep you informed of all developments.
Blessings to you as we say farewell to summer and welcome to a new season of growing closer and walking with Jesus!