May the Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and all you hold dear.
The school year is quickly winding down and before we know it the kids will be out of school. This is a time of year when many of us will be taking vacations and spending time enjoying the abundant sunshine. It is easy to forget that even though the kids are out of school our church is still open and has some significant events coming up that could use your support and talents.
The Season of Easter will continue until the first week in June when we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday on June 4. Before then we will be celebrating Mother’s Day on May 14 and Recognition Sunday on May 21. There will also be a congregation meeting on May 21.
Vacation Bible School will be held June 26-29 at our church. Volunteers are needed. We will also be holding a prop building and setup party the week before Vacation Bible School. Our hope is to keep costs down for this event by utilizing our own time and talents rather than buying expensive props from the company. Please call the church if you are interested in helping or donating materials.
I am happy to share with all of you that I was recently awarded a grant through SONKA in amount of $500 for a summer arts and music program. This program will run July 10 through August 10 from 10:00.a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The program will run Monday – Thursday. This is a free program open to children ages 4 to 16. The children will have a chance to play a wide variety of musical instruments and experience different art media. Partners in Hope will be assisting me both financially and with volunteers. I will have some college and high school students who are music majors volunteering their time and talents to this program. I am still seeking additional volunteers and I welcome any donations of art supplies, old musical instruments, sheet music, tee-shirts to be used as paint smocks, supplies for lunch, paper and old clothes for costumes.
Great things are happening here at St. John’s. Please don’t let the momentum stop just because summer is here. I have had a few inquiries from folks about how one becomes a member and a recent request about baptisms. We have received some five star reviews on Facebook about what an open and welcome church we are. Let’s keep this going. We are truly ” Moving Forward.”