So...what have I been doing since my first week? I have been visiting in people's homes, in the hospital, in the nursing home, at the Portville Heritage Days. I've been to a funeral and a memorial service (on the same day) without any official role other than support and non-anxious presence.
We have had church council meetings and committee meetings and have been planning worship for the fall, which will include a Blessing of School Backpacks on the first Sunday of September. Sunday school and confirmation will be starting up again and we'll be full swing into our program year.
I have with some trepidation take on a preaching series on the gospel texts in John, the Bread of Life discourse. Here is the message from John 6:1-21. This is the one from John 6:24-35, and number three in the series from John 6:35, 41-51 is here.
I do love the Gospel of John, but I think tomorrow will be the last in my bread series. I love preaching to this congregation. They engage with the message. What an amazing place and people to serve.