Someone recently made the mistake of saying to me, “I bet you can’t wait for summer to come for things to slow down a little bit.” Of course, the person who said this said this kindly and with reference to some of the September through May scheduled events wrapping up for us all. But the truth is, as the fall through spring schedule wraps up, a very good and exciting and, yes, busy set of weeks begin. I explained that in some ways the summer is busier than any other set of twelve weeks in the year! Read through this handbook carefully and you will see the various ways that our congregation is busy in June, July and August. This Summer Handbook attempts to look out over the entire summer and lift up for our shared consideration a different kind of busy that actually begins on the next to last day of May. On this May 30th evening, we will begin twelve weeks of Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Outdoor Worship services. I hope folks who are off at family reunions and ball games and camping on the weekends will attend some of these simple, mid-week services and discover the blessings of “Sabbath rest” that comes at the end of the day. In this handbook are the themes for each of the Wednesday evening devotions!
Vacation Bible School (June 8-10) is being held over a weekend for the second year in a row as we enjoyed more adult participation last year because we chose to try the Friday evening through Sunday morning schedule. “Let Jesus Rescue You!” will be the shout that unites our packed three days of bible learning culminating in Sunday morning worship. PLEASE register (free of charge to all!) by calling the church office (582-3504)
Then comes Midsommar! On Saturday, June 23th we will have an afternoon into early evening of various activities for all ages! We will have multi-generational ball games, individual activities, a festive summer meal and a hymn sing among other highlights. Please pay attention to signups and information in the church hallway.
Then off to Shetek Bible Camp and to Houston, Texas will go twenty three of our youth! Fourteen of our younger aged children will leave for Shetek on Sunday, June 25th. On the following Monday, Beaver Valley’s Senior High group of nine (seven youth and two adult advisors) join four other churches and leave for the tri-annual National Youth Gathering of the ELCA. God bless our kids as they grow in the faith!
July is a fairly quiet month compared to what follows in August! Mark these dates and read inside these pages about the National Youth Gathering group’s “Thank You Banquet” (August 12…please buy your tickets before the end of June! ), our congregation’s Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday morning, August 19th and then come back in the evening for our annual Sweet Corn Feed!
Enjoy your summers! Worship with others when you can! Pray for the work of our church in this busy season!
Blessings, Pastor Greg Johnson