September 2017

Post date: Aug 28, 2017 6:16:34 PM

Whew! It was a hot and at times, smoky August. I greatly enjoyed my vacation and the garden is really producing now, but I’m sure we are all looking forward to cooler weather. September is usually one of our nicer months here in the Kittitas Valley. The sun is still shining, but no longer at 90 or 100 degree strength.

We did have some deaths in the congregation this summer: Shirley Crowley, Carol Thovson, Roberta Saville and Joanne Pugh. We miss these wonderful people, but we trust in the cross and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ and the everlasting, resurrection life he gives. August 18, 19 and 20 was the first time I have had 3 funerals in 3 days in my 28 years of ministry. My thanks again to everyone who helped make those services happen: Betty & Ralph Kramlich—music, Jim Stolte—sound and projection, Christine Rice—bulletins, and Estelle & Sheila Johnson and crew-- all the food and beverage afterwards.

September always brings changes with it. For students and teachers it is, of course, back to school time. Here at First Lutheran, the relaxed calendar of summer, gives way to more opportunities for learning and service. Youth and Adult Sunday School resume on Sept. 17. Confirmation ministry begins again with a pizza feed on Wed Sept 13. The quilters and the Thursday Bible study group have been meeting all summer, but more folks usually join in come September. At the E.WA-ID synod level, our new bishop Kristen Kuempel has been at work for a while, but will be installed on Sept 16 by our national bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton.

Changes happen in the church, just like they do in life. But God is always with us and our Savior Jesus walks with us every step of the way. We are still in the year of Matthew for our Sunday Gospel readings. The name Matthew actually means “disciple”. As we begin a new school year together, perhaps it is a good time to stop and ask ourselves, how am I being a disciple of Jesus? What else might I do to share the love of Jesus with others? What would I like to do through my church and community to share the good news of Jesus with others?

May you all have a great time at the fair and rodeo and I look forward to seeing you in church,

Pastor Dennis