From the pastor's pen...
Dear Church Family,
It’s hard to believe that September is here! Summer seems to go so quickly! For many of us, Labor Day marks the end of the summer vacation season. It’s back to work, back to school, back to many of the activities that are suspended over the summer – and that’s true for our church as well. Kids’ CLUB (our Sunday School program) resumes. Adult Bible study will resume this fall. Regular choir practice resumes, and the choir will lead us in our annual hymn sing this month. Senior fellowship will be “out to lunch” in September. We’re also looking forward to expanding our church family with a baptism and the reception of new members in September. Counseling continues under our Church-Based Mental Health Services program. Feeding ministries will be busy, too. We’ve just started an Instagram page (CommunityChurchKeyport) and you can follow us on our website also: www.communitychurchofkeyportnj.org.
Bill and I were happy to have some vacation time this summer. We spent time in Colorado with our daughter Floie and in Jamaica with some of our other adult children. Granddaughter Madeline just started kindergarten! Where does time go? I feel like I just announced her birth in church. (We got the call during a worship service!)
I want to say thank you for all that so many of you did for our church this summer: hosting fellowship, leading music, working with our children, painting, weeding, making repairs, ushering, cooking, sorting food, bringing in food pantry items, visiting and sending cards to those who’ve been ill, driving those in need of rides, handling banking and finances, typing, setting up, cleaning up, helping with Comedy Night, etc. Too much to list! And special thanks to all those who were here in worship, who were praying with and for us, and supporting us financially! We’re facing a challenging deficit. But we continue to think big because God does!
We were excited by the surprise August 19th visit of our former pastor Nancy Ryan and her husband Will. We were so happy to have them join us in worship. Can you believe that their son, Eugene, who was born while Nancy was pastor here at CCK, is now entering Western Seminary in September? He is following in his mother’s footsteps! Whether you’ve been a member here for many decades (Tom Ferrante turns 100 in October!) and remember Nancy well or you are new to our church, we hope all feel welcome here as children of God.
Children of God, know how much you are loved by God and by me!
In Christ's service,
Rev. Dawn Seaman