As the summer months approach, many of us will take advantage of warmer weather and fewer commitments by traveling and taking time for vacations and family reunions. It seems to be the rhythm of many of our lives. Our church life reflects the change in rhythm as we develop special summer programs and adapt other programs, like Sunday school. Moving into the summer months, I want to take the opportunity to encourage you and your families to stay connected to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.

This summer, our presbytery will be offering a new and exciting downloadable curriculum. This curriculum, which offers weekly lessons from the Gospel of Luke, is perfect for families or small groups to use. Each lesson was written by a pastor or Christian educator from our presbytery, and provides a Scripture reading, memory verse, valuable background information, and questions and activities to bring the passages to life. The lessons are easy to follow and use, and many of the activities can be done using simple items that you probably already have in your home. This new offering is an exciting way for families or groups to engage in Christian education and faith development, even while they are traveling to unable to attend church. The lessons will be published shortly, and we will email you a link as soon as they are available.

We also continue our tradition of providing fun and exciting opportunities for our young people to learn more about their faith in Jesus while forming important and lasting relationships. Our Music Camp will take place the week of June 9, followed by our Vacation Bible School program, which kicks off the week of June 16. These programs offer valuable lessons, hands-on experiences, and lots of fun. Music Camp and VBS often prove invaluable in creating lasting memories for children to treasure as they continue to grow and develop. Additionally, several young people are attending the Montreat Music and Worship Conference the week of June 22. This is another fantastic opportunity for our young people to fellowship together while developing an understanding of faith and worship, and a passion to continue that development. In fact, the Music, Art, Drama, and Dancing ministry was initiated by the young people who went to this conference last year. There is still time to register for all of these programs, and plenty of opportunities for adult volunteers.

Finally, our Sunday school program will transition this Sunday to our summer format. During the summer, our preschoolers will continue to learn about the Bible using the HeartShaper curriculum. Our elementary-age students will be learning about the Bible using “What’s in the Bible? with Buck Denver,” a fantastic and fun curriculum by Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales. Youth in junior and senior high will be working together studying the Bible and applying it to their lives while adults will be led by different teachers throughout the summer through the Gospel of Mark. I encourage all of you to join us at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

Our travels may take us all over the map over the next several months, but we should always make it a point to stay connected to our source, Jesus Christ.

+Blessings,

Pastor Jack