During one of the worship services last Sunday, I mentioned that there is a lot going on in our church right now. To begin, by the time you read this article, the 153rd session of the North Georgia Annual Conference will have come to a close. Rev. Kathy Brockman will have been ordained, a new member of our staff, Calissa Dauterman, will have been commissioned, the rest of the clergy will have all been reappointed to DUMC for another year and the delegates to next year’s General Conference will have been elected. I particularly want to offer words of thanks to all of the lay delegates who spent a week of their time in service to you by representing our church at Annual Conference.
This next week, our Children’s Ministries will be holding their annual Vacation Bible School program (4 years – rising 3rd graders). This year the theme is, “To Mars and Beyond,” and will focus on helping our young people discover the wonders of God’s universe. They will become voyagers on a journey through space and exploring where God’s power can take them. They will learn how God walked with the heroes of the Bible and that He is always with them.
At the same time, God Squad (4th – 6th graders) will be discovering the wonders of God’s love through missions. Each day, the students will have the opportunity to volunteer with a different service agency, (including the CAC, Hightower Homework Club and Garden Isaiah). Each project is an opportunity to learn how our actions can spread the love of God to our community.
Beginning Sunday, June 23, our middle schoolers will be going on a week-long mission trip to Mountain Top where they will be engaging in a service project in Eastern Tennessee just north of Chattanooga. While in Appalachia, they will be repairing homes, providing day care and involved in day camps.
Finally, we will end the month of June with our Chancel Choir presenting a patriotic concert on Sunday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. entitled, “Red, White and Bernstein.” In remembrance of the 100th birthday of the late Leonard Bernstein, the choir will be performing many of the well-known pieces of this famous American composer. Of course, they will also be including such favorites as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “A Salute to the Armed Forces.” You won’t want to miss it.
So, as I say there is a lot going on in our church right now. What a joy it is to me personally to be your pastor and to have the privilege of serving a church that believes in serving others.
See you Sunday, if not before!