With Summer fast approaching we are moving into a season that traditionally at Hillside has been a slower pace of reduced activity. I really don’t know why churches typically do this, other than to give in to the notion that people travel more during the summer and thus, the church should back off from activities etc., because not enough people are around. In some ways, summertime should be a time of increased activity, to take advantage of schools being out and good weather for being involved.
Maybe that looks different in the summer that it would at other times, but just because summer is vacation season doesn’t mean that the church should take a vacation from our priorities either. While things like the choir break is a much-deserved vacation, I am excited for the opportunities for special music in the next few months. And with new Children’s and Youth Directors coming on staff this summer, we can expect a vibrant and active summer schedule through into August and the start of School. There is much to be thankful for and excited about as we continue seeking ways to Feed People in Mind, Body, Spirit and Community.
So let’s not give in to the pressure that Summer means taking a break from our focus of reaching and teaching people about God’s love, or from our gathering together for worship and faithful religious practice. Let summer be a time to refocus and rededicate your involvement in the ministries of the church.
Here are a few updates for the next several weeks:
- Kids for Christ and Youth Group are moving into summer mode, with plenty of activities planned for this summer. VBS will be July 23-27 and we’re joining forces with ParkHill CC, Fairview CC & Living Water CC. It will be at PHCC campus.
- The 2nd Lunch Bunch series begins on June 1st, looking at the emergence of the early church through the book of Acts. The class will run for 5 weeks, and meets Thursdays at 11:30 am in the Qahal Room
- We’ll be holding interviews for the open ministry positions in the coming weeks.
Rev. Andrew Beck