Listen! Can you hear it? If you listen closely enough, you can hear the grateful sighs of parents everywhere as they send their children back to school for another year. Yes, September is here and not only are schools back in session, but many other groups and activities are under way once again. One glance at the September calendar will confirm the re-convening of groups and committees here at Kingsley UMC and elsewhere.
Now before anyone gets the wrong idea, I just want to emphasize that there were lots of fun and informative activities that took place this summer. During the month of June we hosted another successful Vacation Bible School, averaging almost 85 children every day, plus staff and volunteers. Also in June we conducted a very profitable concession stand at the Fountain Park Concert series, with a lot of help from a lot of people! And hats off to everyone who helped make our first ever 127 Garage Sale a huge success!
But there is more, much more to accomplish yet this year. Fall Roundup is only a couple weeks away, and Pastor Gary will be conducting a confirmation class for youth 12 and older starting the first Sunday in September. And while there are many new faces here at Kingsley UMC, the pews are far from full. In other words, there is much work yet to be done.
As I am writing this article, my thoughts are on the actions of Jesus in the New Testament. As I read the stories of Jesus, I discover that he rarely sat still for very long. He was constantly traveling from one town to the next, from one person to another, from one miracle to another. He didn’t wait for people in need to find him, more often than not, Jesus was out looking for them.
In the same way, our church, or any church for that matter, simply cannot and should not wait for the world to come find us. We need to be active in our communities, in our schools and in our workplaces. We need to share the love of God and the Good News of the Gospel wherever we go and to everyone we meet. Jesus commands us, “to go and make disciples,” not to sit and wait for them to find us.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
September 2017 Calendar
8/30 – 9/4 Van Wert County Fair
Sunday 9/3 Confirmation class at 9:30 am
Sunday 9/3 Communion during morning worship
Monday 9/4 Labor Day
Wednesday 9/6 Adult Bible study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 9/6 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9/6 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9/6 Adult Bible study at 6:30 pm
Sunday 9/10 Children’s Church starts during morning worship
Wednesday 9/13 Adult Bible study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 9/13 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9/13 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9/13 Adult Bible study at 6:30 pm
Saturday 9/16 Church shoot at Kundert Woods with supper after
Sunday 9/17 Confirmation class at 9:30 am
Sunday 9/17 Fall Roundup with puppets
9/18 – 9/23 Pastor Gary & Nola on vacation in Branson, MO
Wednesday 9/20 Adult Bible study -CANCELLED- (Pastor Gary out of town)
Wednesday 9/20 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9/20 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9/20 Adult Bible study –CANCELLED- (Pastor Gary out of town)
Wednesday 9/27 Adult Bible study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 9/27 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9/27 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9/27 Adult Bible study at 6:30 pm