FPC Sermon 10-07-18

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  • June Happenings

    We’re in the post-Easter season, and Pentecost will soon be upon us, when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the early beginnings of the church.  In worship we frequently pray that our hearts and minds are open to what the Holy Spirit might teach us or where she might lead us.  I am always grateful for the Bible stories we read this time of year, recalling the courageous believers in the early church and even the struggles that they encountered as they discovered what it meant to follow Jesus and to follow the movement of the Spirit.  Peter and Paul did so much with the power of the Holy Spirit, and I am reminded just about every day that the Spirit continues to work in countless ways in our lives and the lives of others.  I hope you’ll be with us in worship on June 9th for Pentecost, and if you’re up for it, wear red!  

    Although it hasn’t exactly felt like it in recent days, June seems like summertime to me, and that means lots of exciting things are happening around First Presbyterian Church.  We have a new roof on part of the church (details below), school is out for the summer, we have dozens of Summer Citizens worshiping with us, and it’s likely that before long we’ll have solar panels generating electricity on our rooftop.

    Vacation Bible School is about to kick off on Monday June 3rd.  It’s one of the fantastic offerings we have for children in Cache Valley.  Pastor Meg and many others have been working hard in preparation for this week.  Please keep our VBS volunteers and children in your prayers.  It is always such a fun and fantastic week, although it can be an exhausting one.  The reward of a successful VBS experience for dozens and dozens of children is certainly worth all of the effort and hard work.  This ministry has been a focal point of FPC children’s ministry for decades, and we are thrilled to continue that legacy each year.

    As I eluded earlier, our new roof has been installed!  The roofing company somehow found a week of dry weather during this wet Spring and they completed the new waterproof membrane on top of Bruner Hall and the kitchen & hallway.  Thank you for your generous pledges and contributions to this roof, which we can expect to last for the next 30 years.  As I write this I am preparing for a congregational meeting on June 2nd (depending on when this issue of the Pulse arrives at your house the meeting may have already taken place).  This is our final meeting on the subject, to let the congregation know where we stand in our pledge campaign (the news is outstanding!) and to ask for a congregational vote to move forward with the solar panels or not.  If we go forward with this, the company hopes to begin installation in July.

    I hope that you can join us on the evening of June 9th for a Concert for Sustainability.  Emma Cardon and two friends/musical colleagues are performing a free concert as a benefit fundraiser for our roof and solar panel project.  They are calling their performance Solar Sounds, and will be playing some beautiful classical pieces along with an original composition from Emma.  Emma is currently a student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and is home for the summer.  The concert will be in the sanctuary on Sunday evening June 9th, at 7pm.  It’s going to be a wonderful evening of music.

    Our Fellowship Committee has also organized some events for the summer, so please be sure to put these on your calendar.  There is an ice cream social on Sunday, June 2nd to welcome Summer Citizens.  This Ice Cream Social is for everyone, so make sure to come on back to church that afternoon and join us on the East Lawn at 4pm.

    They have also scheduled 3 summer barbecues on Friday nights this summer.  The grill will be fired up and we’ll have condiments and utensils.  Bring something to throw on the grill for yourself, and a side dish to share with others.  The summer barbecues are a wonderful place to meet some new friends around the congregation.  I hope to see you there!

    Grace and peace be with you all,
    Derek

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