For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5a
This summer has indeed been one of rest and recuperation. It has also been a summer of much work and preparation. Our schedule here at the church has been lighter, which has allowed for more time to rest from the daily grind, but also time to spend planning, organizing, and thinking about the future. It was a period of letting a few things go, casting them away for a while, but now the time has come to gather them together again. As summer draws to a close, the excitement builds for all that a new school year has in store, and the activity of the church returns once more. None of it is busy work, but the joyful duty our Lord has given to us, and the opportunity we have to receive his blessings while walking with the faithful in living in the Gospel here and in the world. I pray that you too have found some rest, and now I pray that if you have been away, that you will also be gathered back into the fold of Christ to rejoice in the grace and life he has given us.
Regular service times resume – On the weekend of September 12-13, our regular Divine Service schedule will return: Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7:45am, 9am, and 11am. September 13 is also Rally Day for our Sunday School, which meets in church and then disperses to their classrooms during the second half of the 9am service.
Be forewarned! – September 13 is also the first ever Suffolk County Long Island Marathon which will take place from Heckscher State Park to Main St. Patchogue and back along Montauk Highway. As a result, Montauk Hwy. will be closed to vehicle traffic during the race, approximately 7am – 2pm. PLEASE take this into consideration as you come to church that morning. Apparently, crossing Montauk Hwy. will be allowed at Greene and Railroad, but only when no runners are present. SO…leave home a little early, try and come from the north if possible, and be patient as you deal with what will probably be unusual traffic patterns that morning. But most importantly – please still come to Church!
Confirmation – First and second year confirmation begins once again with orientation which will be held on Wednesday, September 16 at 6pm in the sanctuary. If you are unable to attend that session, a second orientation will be held on Sunday, September 20 right after the 9am service. One parent and the student are required to be at one of these sessions. Classes will begin on October 7 with the first year class meeting from 5:30-6:30pm and the second year class meeting from 7:30-8:30pm.
1st Communion – Orientation for First Communion will take place on Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm in the sanctuary. If you are unable to attend, a second orientation will take place on Sunday, September 27 immediately after the 9am service. The student and a parent must attend one of these sessions. This class is open to 6th graders, and the first classroom session will be on October 6, running 6-7pm each week through Easter.
Faith Renewal – For those interested in membership at St. John’s, or who might like a refresher on the Lutheran Faith, the next Faith Renewal classes are being offered on Saturdays at 9:30 beginning October 3. Please contact the Church office to register.
Thursday Bible Study – Our Thursday morning Bible Study will resume from 11-noon beginning September 17. We will take a look at the book of Deuteronomy. This is open to anyone…hope you can join us.
Baptism classes – If you have a baptism scheduled in the coming months, or if you are thinking about it (you can actually take this before the baby is born you know), you are asked to attend one of our Baptism Classes. Classes for the fall will be held on September 26 at 9:30am, October 31 at 9:30am, November 14 at 10:30am, or December 12 at 10:30am. If you have questions, please call the Church office.
Coffee Hour – The sign-up sheet for Coffee Hour is on the bulletin board. This is an important and valued fellowship time for members and visitors to St. John’s. Please consider hosting a coffee hour in the coming year. If you have never done it before, there are plenty of folks who can help you learn the ropes. So, please sign up, but most of all, come and share in coffee and goodies with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Bowling – Our bowling league is looking for more members. If you are interested in participating, please contact Bobbi Harris at 589-3791. We meet every other Sunday evening at 6:30pm in Sayville, beginning September 13. Hope you can join us.
Music – Check out Cindy’s page on the music program, and consider participating in some way in the coming year. We have a very talented congregation, and I know there are gifts out there that are not being used! What better way to serve the Lord, and the people of God at St. John’s, then with voice or instrument to sing His praise and declare His love!
Help wanted – And finally, we are always looking for more help with ushers and readers and the like for our services, especially at services other than 9am. Some people serve on multiple weekends to cover everything we need. Training is available, and I promise you will find such service rewarding…just ask anyone who currently does these things!
Other than that, there isn’t much happening at St. John’s! If none of these things strike your fancy, but you would like to find a place to serve using your talents and abilities, please speak to me – we’ll find a place for you!
My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine! (LSB #702, st. 1)
~ Pastor Noack