The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.

So says Natalie Babbitt in Tuck Everlasting.

St. John’s continues to be a busy place. Plans are underway for our annual church picnic (Practice up on your cornhole!), for continuing our welcome to our youngest church-goers, and for new programming at The Gathering Place. With the repairs on the roof complete, the Trustees are turning their attention to new projects, both large and small. Women’s Fellowship have planned activities for the rest of 2021, with an emphasis on fellowship and fun. Whichever way you look, something is happening here. And isn’t that how a Beloved community is supposed to operate?!

The new organizers of this year’s Tour De Donut have not yet finalized their plans, but we do know they are counting on us to be in charge of one of their stops. Pleases check out the announcement elsewhere in this Journal. This event has been a fun time for us in the past, and we can use all hands on deck, or at the donut table, again this year.

As always, I extend blessings to all of you, as well as wishes for your continued safety and good health as we continue to “do church” together. Enjoy your brief stay at the top of the Ferris wheel!

Ginny Beamish, Council President