FPC Sermon 10-28-18

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  • Summer visitors and solar panels and puppies, oh my!!

    We took our regular summer break and didn’t publish a Pulse in July, and a lot of things have been happening the last few months.  To begin, we’ve had a wonderful time with Summer Citizens this year.  We have seen many friends from previous years and have discovered new ones too.  The Summer Citizens will be heading back home early in August, and I would like to extend a tremendous thanks for their faithfulness to our congregation.  We love having you worship with us and seeing you around town, and we sincerely hope that we will see you next May when you come back to beautiful Cache Valley.  We certainly hope that you have enjoyed your summer in Logan, and we pray for traveling mercies for you all as you return home.

    As of Friday, July 19th, our solar panels were generating electricity!  You may notice a new electrical meter on the outside eastern wall of the church (near the elevator shaft).  This meter records how much electricity our solar panels are generating.  In future months we will create a space in each issue of the Pulse to report how many kilowatts the panels produced during the previous month.  Friends, I am very thankful to you and extremely grateful that we have taken this step together.  By completing this project, we are generating clean electricity and fulfilling our pledge to be an Earth Care Congregation.  Reducing our carbon footprint will not only save us money but is an important part of our effort to better care for God’s good Creation.  Thanks be to God!

    I want to share with the congregation how excited and thankful I am for our youth ministry activities during the summer.  Vacation Bible School was a fantastic success with over 80 kids from our church and the surrounding community.  And in mid-July Pastor Meg shepherded seven of our high schoolers to Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  I have spoken with these youth and they have told me how much they loved this experience of spending time with thousands of other Presbyterian youth from around the country.  (Maybe it’s a symptom of living in Cache Valley that our kids are astonished to learn there are this many Presbyterians around the country!)  Even having been to Triennium a few times myself, I have a difficult time fully expressing how wonderful this experience is for our youth.  They connected with Jesus and with one another, they sang and prayed together, they learned about the mission of the church in the world, they shared stories of being teens and persons of faith, and I know how much they appreciate their home church—FPC Logan—because of this experience.  Many thanks to Pastor Meg for organizing and leading this trip, and to you in our congregation for your ongoing support of youth ministry.  Youth ministry is just one of the many ways that your tithes and offerings support the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ in our community.

    On a personal note, Laura and I are adopting a Golden Retriever puppy and should have her at our home by the time you are reading this article.  You may remember that my previous Golden, named Taggart, passed away in February.  I’ve had two Goldens in my lifetime, but I adopted each of them as older dogs who were in need of a home.  This is the first time I’ve had a puppy (though it’s not a first for Laura).  I will probably bring her to the office a bit while she is young, so stop on by and meet the newest member of the Forbes/Sawyer family.  Laura and I are quite excited!

    Grace and peace be with you all,

    Derek

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