We have had a great summer; and now are preparing for fall activities and holiday events. We have many opportunities this year for everyone to participate. Our youth activities start on September 9th. We will be serving supper and then go into our youth meetings. We will then have special electives for the children to choose from. Wednesday night we will have an adult Bible Study at 6:00 and then Home League and Men’s Club at 7:00. Something new this year will be our after school program from 3:45 until 6:00. This program will run Monday thru Friday at no charge to the children. WE are looking forward to the sound of children at play and learning in our building. As the holidays approach there will be many opportunities to help and serve our community. There is a chance that besides Thanksgiving baskets, we may be having a Thanksgiving Day dinner with the help of a local church. Of course Christmas gives us a lot of opportunities. Bell ringing is a great way to help and have fun doing it. My goal is to have many people and groups from The Salvation Army ringing at different locations. Food and toy distributions are a busy but fun way to help. Even though we will be very busy with our regular activities and some new ones, with the Holiday seasons approaching besides. I would like you to remember these verses from Matthew 11:28-30. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” There is a lot of work for ALL to do. Many hands can make easy work for all. While it seems we are busy, especially at Christmas, I truly enjoy the season. While on vacation I received a sign as a gift (thanks Monica) that I think sums up the way we need to approach this fall and Holiday season. “Ain’t nothing gonna happen today that me and the Lord can’t handle together.” If we allow Jesus to enter and have control we will have rest, and our burdens will become easier to handle. There is nothing that the Lord and me (you) can’t handle TOGETHER. Trust the Lord, He will not fail or abandon you. May you find the peace the Lord has intended for each of you.
A/Captain’s Duane & Cathie Burleigh