Happy Friday, Sunnyside Faithful!
First off, I offer my congratulations to all of our graduates that are celebrating a job well-done in this graduation season. Whether it be eighth grade, high school, college, or graduate school, a graduation is a milestone and landmark that is worth celebrating. I invite each of you to note the graduates mentioned in our church bulletin (link). If you see them, give them your affirmation and let them know their church family is proud of them.
Oftentimes, summertime is the time when church activities slow down, ministries wind down for the summer, and families take much-needed vacations. Vacations may still happen, but a single look at our church calendar shows that the church doesn’t slow down. Coming toward the end of June is our Strawberry Vespers, followed by our VBS program focusing on the life of Daniel. If there are any kids in your life: grandkids, neighbors, friends or neighbors, etc., invite them to this event. They won’t be disappointed when they show up.
As the Sabbath approaches, I’m getting very excited about our worship service. First off, the music will be spectacular. For first service, we will have our bell choir and guest musicians, ReviveUs, to share worship with us. In second service, we will have the church choir, the bell choir, and a special organ/bell choir postlude that you won’t want to miss. I’ll be preaching a mesage called Body Builders that I’m getting excited about. In preparation for the worship service, I encourage you to review last Tuesday’s Communique-Special Edition (link). It will be a rich service of worship and reflection. I hope you’ll plan to be there.
This is also an exciting weekend for the Betz and McElfish families as they celebrate the marriage of Edmond and Erin on Sunday. Take a moment on Sabbath to say hi to the family and let them know that you’re excited for them on this momentous weekend.
On another note, please remember Pastor Scott and his family as they mourn the loss of his mother. Pastor Scott & Dorothy are in Arizona this weekend for the memorial service. Continue to lift them up in your prayers and let them know you’re doing so. It is a rich experience for a pastor to be pastored by their congregation.
It really is a blessing to serve such a diverse and vibrant congregation. On behalf of the whole pastoral staff, I can say we are excited to be a part of ministry here at Sunnyside. Thanks to each of you for making it such a great place to be!