Pastor’s Corner – Sept. 11, 2016

Today we celebrate our annual ‘Welcome Home’ Sunday.  This is an event started years ago as a way to launch the new ‘ministry year.’  It is an opportunity to sign up for classes, to enroll children in Promiseland and Youth Group and to become more familiar with the wide array of activities that comprise St. Paul’s.  Even more, it is an official ‘welcome back’ from summer activities and vacations that often take us away on weekends.  Now things are more or less back to normal for many of us. Schedules are more regular and life settles down. Of course, my hope is that a ‘back to normal’ schedule will include regular involvement of some kind at St. Paul’s!

This year, Welcome Home Sunday includes a new display in the Fellowship Hall.  We have known for a while that, sometimes, people don’t know exactly how to get involved at St. Paul’s.  So, you’ll find a ‘what if’ table!  Tracie Kenyon from the Stewardship Team will be there, available to chat about interests and possibilities.  We don’t know if we’ll be able to create exactly what you might be looking for . . . but we certainly want to look at options and begin to lean into a future with new ideas.  Maybe your brainstorm is just what others are looking for too! 

As you look around today, you’ll notice a lot of gold.  We are celebrating today as our ‘golden birthday.’  Those of you with young children know that a ‘golden birthday’ is the birthday when you turn the same age as the day of your birthday.  My golden birthday was the October 22nd when I turned 22 (a few years ago now!).  It was exactly 11 years ago today, September 11, that we moved into this beautiful sanctuary.  There was a lot of excitement on that day as we worshiped here for the first time. And over the past years, we have grown into the space – gradually making improvements and getting comfortable with our church home.   Thanks to all of you who have done the hard work of weathering change and making adjustments and offering grace as we’ve made this space our home!  Happy Golden Birthday to us all . . . and, Welcome Home!  Even more, welcome to a year of new opportunities to live and grow as people of faith! 
 
Grace and peace,
Marianne