West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Friday, September 30, 2016

As the weather begins to cool and summer begins to fade into a memory, we enter the Fall season. School begins for the kids (and the teachers) and activity around the church picks up. It is part of the annual cycle of life.

As I write this article there is a little nip in the air as we have one of our first cool mornings of the season. As we all squeeze out the last drops of summer in this final weekend of the summer season, our thoughts begin to turn to coming of the Fall. As hard as it is to let go of the summer, it is made easier when we have good things to look forward to in the Fall and that is surely the case for our church.

September brings with it the beginning of much of the program life of our church. The Sunday School program begins on September11, under the capable leadership of Cathy Order, Sarah Laflamme, our Education Committee and, of course, the many teachers and helpers who work each Sunday with our children and youth. The Choir program begins with vocal and bell choirs for all ages (and room for new participants in almost every choir). This year will bring new challenges as we begin our Accessibility Building Project. We ask everyone’s cooperation and patience with the temporary inconveniences that will come as we do this work on our buildings. September 18 will bring a visit from Belinda Forbes, a United Methodist missionary in Nicaragua whose work there we have supported for many years.

The paragraph you just read may sound like an excerpt from your pastor’s “to do” list, but that’s not really the case. We have a wonderful staff and a wealth of willing volunteers who make all of that happen that and much, much more. And I didn’t even get to October, November and December!

There are two more ingredients that will make our Fall a great season. One is God’s spirit, which will give us the strength and insight and inspiration to do great ministry together as a church. The other ingredient is you. Each of you makes a contribution by your presence and your willingness to participate. The summer may be drawing to a close, but I’m looking forward to the Fall!

Reverend Mack