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August 2017

posted Mar 9, 2018, 10:52 AM by Lee Church

Dearest Friends in Christ,

Nothing in life stays stagnant for long, and so it is in the life of the church, as well.  I am reminded often, in meetings with colleagues, in ecclesiastical publications, on the internet, and in other ways, that the presence and the influence of the church within communities and within cultures, as a whole, is diminishing.  It is disturbing, to say the least, to think that the ways of approaching and embracing life that we teach and model within our faith community is obsolete or irrelevant to our friends and neighbors outside our doors. And the question arises for me as to whether the values that we hold as critical to a good and wholesome life are really obsolete or is it rather that we are totally misunderstood and our motives are suspect with those to whom we are unfamiliar.

This is not an issue that is unique to Lee, but it is felt here, as well.  So the challenge before us – all of us – is about how we dismantle the misconceptions, and discover new ways to serve the wider community.  Knowledge will break down the barriers of suspicion – knowledge that we are not judgmental, bigoted, fear-infused people, but knowledge instead, that we are loving, accepting, supportive, fair and open people, struggling to serve God and community.  Fresh ways of worshiping that are innovative, but true to our faith tradition, are a great start.  So are the ways in which our youth are involved in local service projects.  But there must be some other places where we can make a difference.

In an effort to further strengthen our relationship with Mast Way School, I invite you to take advantage of current and upcoming sales of school supplies – note books, markers, crayons, pencils, etc.  Please bring these items to church on Sunday, or drop in the church office and they will be delivered to the school prior to opening day.  And if you have other ideas for community outreach, please let me know and we can work on it together.

Blessings,

Pastor Gail

 

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