Spring Updates

Dear Friends,

It seems like just yesterday that we celebrated a fantastic egg hunt in the snow!

The weeks since Easter have flown by, and we’ve been exploring what it means to live as God’s risen people.  We’ve been exploring the mission of God’s risen people, the joy of God’s risen people, the witness of God’s risen people, the provision of God’s risen people, and more.

We’ve shared in the joy of four baptisms, with another coming at the end of June, and we’ve been preparing for a lively celebration of Pentecost.  We’ve blended traditional hymns on piano and organ with songs led on guitar, and we’ve supplemented our bulletin with inviting images and reflective videos.

We’ve done a lot of pastoral care, and we’ve done a great deal of leg work for upcoming community events we’re hosting.  We held a very successful spaghetti dinner with live entertainment from Rob Ballonoff that was a great night of food and fellowship;  we had food, fellowship, and fun raising mission funds at another historic Lowhill Penny Party; and we celebrated a Mother’s Day Tea Party and bridal show with a wonderful turnout from the community.

As pastor, I want to thank everyone for the great work we’ve done together this season, and to share the fact that we’re just getting started.  We work hard on outreach not just for the sake of having fun events, but for the impact of fellowship and the building of community.  As faithful folks serving in a time when traditional commitments to all institutions are struggling, we’re inspired to create opportunities to minister to our friends and neighbors and each other in a variety of ways.  We want to be a place where people feel able to connect, and we want to build great on-ramps into the fuller life of the church.  Please join us!

Coming up:

This week in worship, we’re going to look at the Tower of Babel story in preparation for Pentecost, and I’m bringing my Jenga pieces.

Next week, we’ll celebrate Pentecost with lively worship, bright flourishes of color, Communion, and a birthday social following our worship hour where we’ll honor our May birthdays as well as the birthday of the Christian church.

On May 26, we’ll be hosting a Spring Yard Sale and vendor fair with live music from our friend Rob Ballonoff.

On Father’s Day, we’ll be worshipping outside in our beautiful grove and enjoying a cookout and picnic following worship.

The end of school is coming, and with it, Vacation Bible School.  Our theme this year is “Shipwrecked,” and I’m already growing my “castaway” beard…

This summer we’re also going to be launching a weekly family fellowship and worship program on Wednesday nights called Lowhill Live.  Watch for information about that soon!

We’re very excited about the months ahead, and we’re looking forward with joy and excitement to our 250th anniversary next year.  Please join us!

Blessings and thanks!

Pastor Chris