From Pastor Jo


Wow! The summer has flown by and September is upon us. The children and teachers among us start the new school year this week which must also mean that it’s time to resume Sunday School and choir, as well as assorted activities that traditionally take place in the fall.


One of these events is the Harvest Home service, which we didn’t celebrate last year, mainly because I didn’t realize that this was something that you traditionally did until it was too late to plan for it. So, this year, we will be re-instituting this service, which takes place on September 29, 2019. As has been done in the past, we will be collecting food donations for the Food Pantry – the perfect opportunity for us to help feed those in our community who need it most!


I am also delighted to announce that we will have a Confirmation Class this year!! At the moment, we have 2 young people who will be taking part in the class, and if there are others who have not yet been confirmed out there, we’d be thrilled to add them to the class as well!


We will also be making some changes to our worship in an effort to refresh its content. This will include things like discontinuing the amens after our hymns, adding some new hymns, and trying different versions of our key responses that utilize current language and are more joyous in their expression. Never fear! None of this will be a major overhaul, nor will it compromise the traditional format that we follow. We will implement changes slowly and carefully with the goal of bringing renewed meaning to our worship!


We will also begin our explorative shared ministry conversation with St. John’s ELCA with the formation of a task force to begin work on a Shared Ministry Agreement. In addition to that work, we are contemplating a number of possible joint activities – both social and mission-oriented – as we work on building our relationships, and serve the Richlandtown community of which we are all a part.


Somewhere in this newsletter is a piece of clip art that reads:


I invite everyone to take that thought to heart – find a niche, and be an active participant in the ministry and mission of St. John’s United Church of Christ!


Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Jo









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