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Pastors Message for May
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings! As I write this, it IS still Spring, at the moment, it feels like Winter, at least through most of the morning and at night, but we are almost midway through April. By the time you read this, it will be May, and we will be in the midst of planning for “endings,” but, at the same time...new beginnings for many.
High School seniors and college students (and their parents!) are planning for graduations, and all of the accompanying activities and celebrations. It is a bittersweet time; joyful that the years of school are almost done, but sad that these years of school are almost done, and friends will be going their separate ways. It is an exciting time; anticipating new friends and college or work or both, but it is scary, as well, for all of the same reasons. Others are planning Spring or Summer weddings, preparing to form new families, without leaving behind the old. In all of these scenarios, there are many of these young people who have grown up before our eyes!!
In the life of our church, while many activities are winding down, we have a whole group of young people who are planning to enter a new aspect of their life of faith. On Sunday, May 15, at 11AM, our third year Catechetics class will affirm their Baptismal promises in the Rite of Confirmation. The class includes: Chloe Adler, Liam Bechtel, Eli Benka-Davies, Jonathan Crist, Kaitlyn Cromer, Jason D'Ambrosia, Alec Dubbs, Matthew Harper, Alexa Hartman, John Helm, Dylan Lavalle, Tyler Lowman, Grace Matte, Anne McConnell, Harmoni McElhattan, Keely Reese, Helen Reumann, Jack Shuey, Payton Sremcich, Nate Stauffer, and Dominick Sultzaberger. Yes... it is a very large class, the second largest in our history as a congregation. And yes, I am very grateful for the ABLE help of my co-teacher, Daniel Beneventano! Confirmation is NOT the end of church participation. It is a new beginning in the lives of these young people as they become adult members of a family of faith, a time full of faith-led opportunity! They NEED your love and support, so please be present on May 15th to offer your prayers and praise.
Finally, we all anticipate Summer, and opportunities for rest and recreation. At the beginning of Summer this year, June 13-17th, we will have VBS 2016, HIS BANNER OVER ME IS LOVE: NOAH THE ARK AND THE RAINBOW! We have exciting, educational, and fun activities planned. Please register your children NOW, and think about sharing your talents as well!! Summer IS a wonderful time to travel, to renew relationships with family and friends, to visit other congregations and share in new and different forms of worship. HOWEVER, when you are in town, please be present in worship and activities here at Tree of Life. It is a time for faith-led opportunity for each of us!
We need each other to share in our prayers and in our praise. We need each other to share our lives and our concerns. So, as we wind down or wind up through May, let us continue to be refreshed and strengthened by God's Word and the presence of one another, all of us sisters and brothers in faith.