For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
A potpourri of items this month, coming at you in short snippets:
Convention results: At the beginning of June, I attended the triennial Atlantic District Convention, which is in essence the meeting held every three years at the local level to conduct the business of our district. And yes, that is exactly as exciting as it sounds. This year’s meeting was, however, different. President David Benke was stepping down after serving 24 years in that office, and so for the first time in a long time, the assembly was charged with selecting a man to lead and to serve our district going forward. The convention delegates, through the working of the Holy Spirit, have set apart the Rev. Derek Lecakes for this role. Please pray for President Lecakes and his family as they make this transition, and continue to pray for all the congregations and pastors of our Atlantic District as we seek to “engage the world with the Gospel of hope.”
Thank you: Thank you to all who helped out at our annual picnic earlier in June. It was a gorgeous day and a good time for us to gather together as a family of faith. Thanks go to Rich and Lis Dicce, to the Farrell family, and to all others who in small or big ways enabled us to do this picnic at little or no cost to the church. This is a wonderful event, and if you did not get a chance to go this year, make an effort to attend next year. You will not regret it!
The Burfiends: Many of you have asked where our vicar from last year, Daniel Burfiend, ended up going. The answer to that is nowhere…yet. Dan is staying at the seminary for an additional year to continue his education before heading out to the parish. Thus, in April of 2016, he will receive his call and begin his service to the Lord. Until then, the Burfiends are doing well in Indiana, enjoying time together as Dan continues to prepare for his service to the Church.
Summer Bible Studies: A couple of studies are currently going on, and if you desire to join in, please do so! There is a Friday morning Men’s Bible Study which meets every week at 8am at the Seacrest Diner. There is also a Women’s Bible Study which meets on alternating Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:15pm. The dates for the next couple of months for that are: July 8 and 22, and August 5 and 19. We had too many to squeeze into our living room at the first event, so we are meeting at church with coffee and goodies. Hope you can join us!
Summer Service Times – In case you missed it, our summer schedule for our regular Divine Services will be Sunday morning at 8am and 10:15am only. There will be no Saturday service. This schedule will run through Labor Day weekend, with our normal schedule resuming the weekend of September 12-13, which will also be Rally Day. Please plan accordingly through these summer months.
O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised, draw us all to Thee.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name. (LSB # 837, st. 4)
~ Pastor Noack