Think back to 1969. Specifically, July. Were the young whippersnappers of St. Luke even around? For those of us who were, what do you remember from then? The very first troop withdrawals from Vietnam started, yes. Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, yes, that was on July 18th. Not two days after that, three men had travelled from Florida all the way to the moon, and then two of them landed at Tranquility Base. Before the famous first steps were taken, shortly after the landing and before the hatch was opened, NASA astronaut “Buzz” Aldrin wanted to give thanks to God for a safe journey thus far and for the new beginnings that were about to commence. He read from John’s Gospel, ”I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.” John 15:5 (TEV)
Love, Love, Love! That’s what February is all about right? The love of God, Jesus and each other is what we talk about all the time in Sunday school. The kids truly feel it too. I saw it with my own eyes on January 10th. Each person who attended worship that day was given an envelope before passing the peace. You had the option of keeping it, giving it away or trading it and each envelope had a different amount of money in it. During this time I ended up with 3 envelopes to go towards Sunday school.
We have already started preparing for next year’s excitement! We have begun planning for this year’s summer camp. This year’s theme is going to be Adventures in … Space, Land and Sea. Each week we will have many fun activities.
St. Luke and Amazing Creations will be hosting VBS together again August 1st to 5th. The theme this year is Surf Shack – Catch the Wave to God’s Amazing Love! We will be looking for volunteers to help with both the preschool and elementary age groups behind the scenes. Please be praying God’s blessing for the event.
If you love somebody, set them free.” Sting’s song with this title speaks of relationship wisdom. Where there is true love between people it isn’t forced. Jesus gave people the freedom to follow him or not. The closer people got to him the more free they became. The same is true today.
Our theme for the year is “Free as a Bird.” God, in his great love for us, sets us free from all that binds us: fear, guilt, hopelessness, addiction, regret, and myriads of other invisible chains. Jesus allowed himself to be bound to a tree so that we could be unbound for eternity. When he rose from the dead he unleashed a power that no oppressive force could extinguish.