Pastor’s Paragraph—May 24, 2018

Summer vacation is upon us! School will soon be out! Camps, family outings, long weekends, and extended vacations are being (and in most cases have already been) planned.

I hope that each of you get to have some “time away” this summer with your family and friends. Deborah and I have already “calendared in” some “time away” vacation plans ourselves. Rest, relaxation, re-creation, fun times with family and friends are certainly ways that God enables us to have some “Sabbath time” in our lives.  Summer time offers us a change of pace from the rush and stress of everyday lives – a change of pace which enables us not only to be a bit more relaxed but also to be a bit more reflective and purposeful, a bit more time to intentionally  “be still and know” that God is God.
There is always a caution about summer planning and activities, however. And the caution is this: if we are not careful, we can get so caught up in the “School is out and summer is here” syndrome that we forget or neglect to remember that our mission as a church continues.

So as you prepare (and soon begin) to enjoy the summer, remember God’s “summertime” work and ministry through our church. Be present for Sunday worship and Sunday school when you are “home and not away.” Pray for our ministers and lay leaders. Pray for our church family. Be faithful in the giving of tithes and offerings. Volunteer for a mission project or activity (Bible School, the church wide mission trip to Chattanooga, God’s pantry, a visit to a shut in, a card sent to a church member who is having a tough time, etc.).
Let me also encourage you this summer to invite a neighbor or friend (or both) to church. SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd, would be a good time to start. This will be Fellowship Sunday at Calvary. We will have Sunday school at 9:45. There will be a combined worship service at 11:00 which will include baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Following the morning service, we will have a Food Truck Fellowship on the green space between the Sanctuary and the ROC. Five different food trucks will ensure that we will have good food. There will be music by the Rodes Avenue Ramblers. Plan to be present, invite a family member and/or friend, and help us get summer off to a good start. Dress for the entire day is casual. I hope to see you then and there (and even before).

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