It's time. Time to grow as disciples.
We have been preparing for you... and for a wonderful fall season at St. Dunstan's. The building is spic and span, the grounds are beautiful. Small groups that took a hiatus for the summer are coming together again. It's time to come back to church! We are disciples, walking the trail with Jesus...learning our story, learning to love, learning to forgive, learning to serve in the world.
Homecoming Sunday is September 13, with our regular services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., and a brunch for all at 10 a.m. It's a great time to reconnect to old friends, and give your spiritual life some fresh energy and renewal. God didn't intend for us to go through life solo, but in a community of faithful people.
The 9 a.m. Family Service will move into the church, as soon as our video screens are installed there. All our families - and our children - will then enjoy our beautiful church and its fine acoustics for singing. The parish hall will be more available on Sunday mornings for Christian Formation activities, fellowship, and service.
Monthly Feeding Program
I am personally very gratified that we'll be building community service into our Sunday schedule every month, with sandwich making the last Sunday of each month between services. We'll all learn about the needs of hungry people not far from us, the ministry of Martha's Table in Washington, D.C. (our partner), and God's will and desire that all people share in the earth's abundance...all have enough food, shelter, care, and opportunities to thrive as human beings.
We're all on the welcoming committee.
This year we focus on God's call to invite people to hear the Good News of Christ's love and forgiveness, and to find meaning and joy and comfort in the fellowship of the church. The simplest way to do this is to invite friends and neighbors to St. Dunstan's for a service or event. Many get hooked, once they are here! We are beefing up our Sunday greeters to make new people feel welcome; we are enhancing our worship with video technology; we are contacting new households moving into our zip codes, and we are strengthening our follow-up with newcomers. At noon on the last Sunday of each month, we'll meet at coffee hour to go over newcomer lists, assemble gift bags, label mailings, and do what needs doing to meet our goals for welcome, hospitality, and retention of members. With all of us helping, God will give us the growth.
So, it's time. Time to rejoin your friends and fellow disciples and travelers at St. Dunstan's. Time to recommit to a closer relationship with God. Time to find new avenues to learn, to grow, to serve our needful neighbors. Let's make September 13th a Homecoming to rejoice in! JBM