Hello Everyone

To the people I have met here at St. Paul’s, thank you for your warm and helpful welcome. To those of you I haven’t met yet, I look forward to meeting you. My welcome so far has reminded me a bit of the way Abraham welcomed three men who came to see him (although I don’t consider myself to be the Lord and I hope that the welcome and hospitality can go both ways)…

“The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre as he sat in the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread that you may refresh yourselves …” 

(Genesis 18: 1-5)

It has been a full time since I arrived here in Fairview. Many of the church programs didn’t run through the month of August when I arrived, so, in some ways it wasn’t as “full” as it might have been. However, it was a time of new people, new impressions and a big learning curve.

One highlight stands out.  I was moved by the cloud of love that I felt surrounding the campers at Drama Camp and the amount of effort that went into that event. Andrea found many adult leaders, teen helpers, snack servers, prop painters and others that I’m probably unaware of, who worked very hard to build that cloud of love. We at St. Paul’s United owe all these people a huge “thank you.”

Of course, other things were significant. I enjoyed working with couples who wish to be married under the care of this congregation. It was good to get started with ministry in the various senior’s care facilities we serve, and thank you Elaine, for taking me to the facilities and introducing me to people. Last, but not least, getting used to the way you people are used to having worship services and a chance to get used to my worship leadership has been great, too.

I’m hoping to try something I call “Games Church”. Once a month, anyone who wants to would gather for a pot luck supper, a brief service of worship and an evening of board and table games. If your family enjoys playing games, watch for details.

May God bless us all as we begin to minister together.

Brenda Simon

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