pastors column

When my girls were younger one of our favorite cartoons was Phineas and Ferb. Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, are determined to make every day of their summer vacation fun. Every episode began with Phineas announcing, “I know what we are going to do today!” They had such adventures as building a full-scale roller coaster, becoming musicians, building a backyard beach and traveling back in time to meet dinosaurs. Their family pet, Perry the Platypus, doubles as a secret agent and battles evil. Meanwhile, their sister, Candace, is tattling on then to Mom, though she could never quite bust them.

Memorial Day stands before us as a gate through which we will enter into summer. As with Phineas and Ferb our question is how are we going to spend our summer? Kids will enjoy the change in routine, not having to spend the day in the classroom. Families will take to the open roads. Everyone will look for new and exciting adventures.

When it comes to our life together at St. Luke’s, “I know what we are going to do!” Pentecost Sunday will be on June the Fourth. It will be an exciting day as we celebrate the church receiving the Holy Spirit and as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday in which five confirmands will be received into the membership of our congregation.

The next Sunday, June 11th, will be the first Sunday of the Summer Fun Series. The theme this year will be “Oh, The Places You Will Go!” Dr. Seuss will be our guide as we move through the summer. The adults will look at how we can be intentional about the direction we are moving as a congregation. Our goal will be to become pilgrims who travel with a purpose rather than those who wander around aimlessly in all directions but go nowhere. The children will be on a parallel track with their own exploration of the stories of Dr. Seuss. We will look at our fears, our sense of commitment and the endless possibilities that are ours. In addition to the three Sundays of the Summer Fun Series—June 11th, July 16th, and August 13th, Vacation Bible School will also follow the Dr. Seuss theme on Saturday, July 8th.

On June 25th we will meet for the Congregational Meeting. It will be a time to evaluate our efforts as a congregation and to look forward to all that is before us by way of ministry. It will be a time to reflect seriously on the sacrifice and commitment that will be necessary to maintain quality Christian Education, worship and ministry at St. Luke’s. We will be called to renew our commitment to continue to “Be The Church” as we follow the moving of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

After a successful and full-out effort of fund raising, the youth group will engage in a mission trip to the Appalachia. A lot of preparation and planning will fill the summer until the week of the mission trip, July 23-29. It is sure to be a week full of adventure and faith development for our youth and a blessing in the lives of those to whom we will minister.

As Phineas would say, “This could possibly be the best day ever, and the forecast says that tomorrow will likely be a million and six times better. So make every minute count, jump up, jump in, and seize the day. And let’s make sure that in every single possible way (this summer) is going to be a great (summer)” at St. Luke’s UCC!