Grace and Peace to you in the name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Well, it’s August again. Every year, the students leave Ball State in May, I think about all the stuff I’m going to get done over the summer; and then I blink, and it’s August. I’m sure that many of you know the feeling. Summer seems to slip away while we’re busy doing everything else.
However, the start of a new school year is usually an opportunity to settle back into a routine and rhythm. And, a little routine and rhythm is good for all of us. I’ll have a new routine and rhythm on campus, as well as here at LCC. That new routine and rhythm will include new opportunities for programming, devotions, and education at both places.
On campus, we’ll be bringing back God and Grub on Mondays. It seems to be a big hit with the students and it has been a great opportunity for the area churches to feel more connected and involved in the life of the campus ministry. This year, we plan on offering a new opportunity for “chapel time” throughout the week on campus. This would be a morning and afternoon time for devotion and prayer that is geared towards the students, but will be open to members of our area church communities. So, stay tuned for those days and times if you yourself would like an opportunity throughout the week to spend a little more time in prayer and scripture reflection.
Speaking of education, it will be time to resume Sunday School for the kiddos in the very near future. When we do, we will begin Catechism and Confirmation education for the older kids, and First Communion education for the younger kids. I am very much looking forward to working with the older kids to prepare them for Confirmation over the next few years. I’ve only ever had one confirmand in my pastoral career, so this will be a continued education for me as well!
Speaking of things I am looking forward to, we have finalized plans to baptize Millie on August 20th, her grandmother’s birthday. Millie and her grandmothers, Susan and Susan, have been such a blessing to our church in the short time that they have been here. What a joy it was to welcome them as new members a few weeks ago, and now to have the opportunity to be a part of Millie’s baptism; as we bear witness to her being joined to our Lord Jesus Christ and the rest of the Christian family in the waters of Baptism. I hope that many of you will be able to join us that day.
Soli Deo Gloria,