PASTOR'S PERSPECTIVE FOR AUGUST 2017
God’s blessings upon you this August,
I hope and pray that your summer has been restful and refreshing so far, and that the weeks ahead will continue to be filled with fun. Summer is an opportunity for us to take a break from the hectic schedule of the “school year.” Our congregation is enjoying the change of pace as well. Here are some of the things that I encourage you to attend and enjoy this month:
Sunday August 6th I will lead the first communion class, “Fed and Forgiven.” The class begins after worship with a meal provided by the church and lasts about 3 hours. This session is geared toward upper elementary kids, but is open to all who are ready to learn more about the Lord’s Supper. Contact Pastor Kowitz for more information.
Sunday August 13th we will continue the Immanuel tradition of gathering for worship and a potluck picnic at Sampo Beach. Worship begins at 10am, with a great meal and fellowship to follow. Bring your lawn chair and food to share. Weather permitting, we will be outside for worship and fellowship time. Sampo Beach has a swimming area and a paddleboat. This is a great day to spend with your church friends.
#WorshipTonight continues throughout the month of August. Each Wednesday night we gather for songs and praise at the Proctor Gazebo (rain location = United). August 2nd will begin with the Day Camp Potluck. Everyone is invited to come for supper and stay for worship. August 16th we will be led once again by Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys, and the Holy Hootenanners return on August 23rd.
In the midst of all of these August happenings, my family and I will be on vacation Monday August 14th through Sunday August 27th. Weekly Bible study will not meet in August, but will begin again in September.
As we look towards September, there are a few things for you to begin thinking about. We have not finalized the Sunday morning schedule for the school year yet. During the Dream Team phase of transition, we repeatedly said that we would keep an early and late service, with Sunday school in between. However, many people have commented this summer how they like the 10am time with lots of people together in worship. As we continue to become United, please let me or your council members know your thoughts.
The ELCA Youth Gathering happens next summer in Houston TX, and it is time for us to begin planning. I will lead an informational meeting on Sunday September 10th after worship. The Youth Gathering is open to students who will be in 8th through 12th grades this coming school year. All interested youth and family members should plan to attend.
I am especially excited to invite you to an event that I am participating in this September. The Duluth area Catholic churches have invited me to be the Lutheran representative in a series of theological discussion on issues that Lutherans and Catholics disagree upon. I have had the pleasure to meet Father Rich Kunst, pastor of two Duluth Catholic parishes. I know that the conversation will be fruitful for both of us, and for all who attend. The first of these events in on Thursday September 28th. See the flyer elsewhere in this newsletter for information about reservations.
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