Note From Bob

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Hi Schweitzer friends,

I hope this note finds you enjoying this season of summer.  Remember how endless summer used to feel when you were a kid? Long days make time feel expansive. As we grow older, days, months and years can blur. It can make you wonder if it’s possible to slow time down?

Here’s some timely opportunities to get connected & involved:

Prayer Garden & Chapel

The prayer garden and chapel are under construction. What a beautiful place we will have to pray, reflect and be. And, for our neighbors around the Schweitzer campus too. We have the opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one, or commemorate a group or event by purchasing a paver for placement within the prayer garden by completing a form and enclosing payment of $50. Forms are available at the Connection Center.

In singing, we grow closer to God and our faith community. We welcome you to join the Chancel Choir and/or Senior Saints Choir as we bring music to traditional worship. Chancel Choir resumes August 16, 6:30–7:45 p.m.  Senior Saints resume August 22, 1:00–2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Cheryll Moll, cmoll@sumc.co.

Join us for the church-wide Schweitzer Carnival on August 20 at 5:00pm! The carnival will feature games, food, music, and much more, all for free! All are invited to attend and bring your friends! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Taylor Likes, tlikes@sumc.co.

Time is time. But it is possible to lead an unhurried life, right? Pastor Bob recently shared the book, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work & Rest by Alan Fadling (Pastor & Spiritual Director). Check out a couple of excerpts:

     “The Spirit of God has been working in my heart to teach me how to move at the pace of grace rather than my own hurried, self driven pace. I have also realized that an unhurried life is not a lazy life. In fact, it can be the exact opposite. …..
Maybe living a little less hurried would enable me each day to notice God-given opportunities to love, opportunities that I am now racing past. Perhaps there are simple moments when I could share a word or gesture of care, but I’m missing them as I focus on getting to the next important item on my full agenda. Love is patient. Am I patient? Love is kind. What about me?”

There is a way. Lets keep exploring the way of Jesus. This practical book helps point us in that direction. If this resonates with you, this teaching would be a good addition to your reading list.

I hope to see you in worship this weekend as we finish the series, “God, I have a question.” We’ll explore the question, why do good things happen to bad people? If you are traveling or away on weekends this summer, one way of staying connected is to listen to the podcast of each week’s message on our website sumc.co.

It’s a privilege to serve as your pastor.

Jim Mason
Associate Pastor

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