This was a great month for mission and outreach! The Evangelism Committee hosted another ‘Loads of Love’ laundry ministry, which was an even bigger success than the last time. The washers and dryers were full and going from 10-2. Thanks to everyone who was able to help out and participate in this much needed service. Add to this the Back-to-School committee’s efforts in providing backpacks to the community of Marietta. This year they handed out 85 backpacks, the vast majority going to middle and high schoolers. Becky reports that the decrease in elementary age backpacks is due to the Gospel Mission offering backpacks to elementary age students (but not to middle and high school ages). Again, thanks to everyone who helped to purchase, transport, pack, and distribute.
I used two weeks this past month as continuing education time. I traveled to LaGrange, Texas where LutherHill is located. LutherHill is one of the many ELCA camp ministries still in operation. While there I served the role of “Camp Grandpa,” which means I was free to wander and participate in all activities with all campers and counselors and be available to talk and listen and help when needed. I also was asked to help with worship on Thursday and preside for communion, help with music leadership (I took my guitar), and help serve meals to campers. Addition-ally I learned what goes into running a weeklong resident camp, which includes not just what the campers see and experience, but many things that happen behind the scenes with various staff. It was a wonderful week and I learned a great deal! Thanks to Christi Calvert, Erica Archer, and the Bandy family for assuming some of the leadership at the worship services while I was away.
During this month I met with a couple of the finance committee members, attended a mutual ministry committee meeting, Bible study met a couple of times, and agreed that they will take the month of September off, resuming again the first Monday and Tuesday in October.
On a personal note, I also moved all three of my children back to their respective universities, and have returned to empty-nest status. It was great to have the time and flexibility to be able to help my children out and to visit each of these fine institutions preparing them for their futures.
In Christ, with Christ, for Christ!