From the pastor's pen...
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for a wonderful month of September: for an exciting Rally Day for our children, for your welcome of Matt Hepburn, our new contemporary music leader, for a hymn sing filled with many of our beloved favorites. This little church showed its generous compassion with a $1200 offering for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
In October, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday with Christians around the world, remembering that we share more commonalities than differences with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Adult Bible study and confirmation classes begin new programs in October. We ask everyone to support the annual Crop Walk on October 15th, as we once again walk to stop hunger in our community – a body and “sole” ministry! The food pantry and lunch program here on property have been very busy. Bill is now serving as president of the Board of Trustees of the Keyport Food Pantry. On October 22nd, I ask you to welcome my good friend, Rev. Cheryl Auguste, back to our pulpit as Bill and I travel to California to see our granddaughters Madeline and Eloise. Can you believe that Maddie will be 5 in October? She celebrated her first birthday with us here at a Spaghetti Dinner! And Ellie will be 6 months old already! Our church children look forward to their annual Halloween party on October 29th.
October 15th is peace with justice Sunday. I think that without justice, there can be no peace. We have so much conflict going on in our communities, our country, our world. So I ask you to pray this month for peace, yes, but for more than peace. I ask you to pray for goodness and justice and kindness and compassion, for respect of diversity, for a willingness to work together. These are the things that promote peace.
And we remember that our ultimate inner peace is rooted in our faith in God. Paul reminds the Philippians, “And the peace of God, that which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
May we work for peace with justice, and may our hearts find peace in a God who holds us close. A God who loves us, beloved church family, as do I. As always, I am blessed and humbled to serve with you in ministry.
In Christ’s service,
Rev. Dawn Seaman