September 2018

Post date: Aug 28, 2018 3:47:52 PM

Dear People of God,

Hot and hazy! That was the weather pattern in August. We continue to pray for firefighters, all who have been devastated by fire and those who are still in the path of fire. Despite the heat and smoke, I enjoyed some good vacation time with my family and visited relatives. I also enjoyed some overnight backpacking along the Pacific Crest Trail and some great day hikes in our nearby Cascade Mountains. I had some good kayaking days with my brother, Brian and son, Kyle. I also got my bicycle repaired and enjoyed some rides along the Yakima River part of the Iron Horse Trail. I hope you all had some time for R & R and visiting with family as well.

The month of September always brings cooler temperatures and big changes to the rhythms of life. For students, teachers and staff it is, of course, back to school time. But first comes the fabulous Ellensburg fair and rodeo! At First Lutheran Church we move from the quiet relaxed pace of summer to more opportunities for learning and service. The quilters have been going strong all summer. But Sunday School (Middle & High School) and Adult Education begin meeting September 16th from 8:45-9:45am. Elementary age Sunday School happens during the worship service as usual. The Thursday morning prayer and Bible study group meets again starting September 6th at 9am after a 3 week break. Both the Sunday and Thursday groups are, of course, open to anyone. Confirmation classes resume with a plethora of pizza on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30pm.

This year we will also have a potluck lunch on “Rally Sunday” September 16th. Please, bring some food to share after worship. A fun and silly idea I have, which council approved, is to have a zucchini dish contest. I think council members have offered to taste and judge. Perhaps there will be 2 categories: Desserts/bread and everything else?

One worship change which I personally am excited about is to celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. The council approved this. Most ELCA congregations do this. And every “Lord’s Day” (Sunday) holy communion was definitely the worship practice of early Christians. We have been almost there for a while and I’m glad that we are taking the next step to celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. We all need regular feedings of God’s forgiveness, life and salvation for us offered through the body and blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Peace in Christ, Pastor Dennis