From the Pastor
Dear Apostles of Christ,
Before I begin my letter for September, a couple of people told me that they
were not clear on my August newsletter article.
Let me put last month's article into context.
I have been working with a Pastor who is new to his congregation
(outside Delta County). There
has been a tremendous amount of division in this congregation since his
arrival. This Pastor tasked me
to help facilitate conversation and hopefully reconciliation.
I thought that what was happening in that congregation was a good
life lesson for individuals as well as congregation.
My commentary was driven by conversations with that congregation not
anything I experienced at ASLC.
I am hoping that this helps clarify.
I apologize that I did not put the article into a better framework of
context. So now with that . . .
. Let's look to September.
I have made it known that my favorite season is calving season in the late
winter months. But over the past
couple of years, I really have come to appreciate the fall season. There are
a variety of reasons, but my favorite thing about fall is getting back into
a routine. That might sound funny coming from me since I enjoy doing things
at the last minute, but I really do cherish routine. I also enjoy having
activity happening around me and when the calendar turns to September, ASLC
begins to fill with activity.
Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of activity happening throughout ASLC
and the community during the summer-- probably more than I ever expected --
but there is something about the routine that fall brings. That is until
In the past, we experienced the start of the school year and the start of
Sunday School. Confirmation
would be starting up again.
However, due to Covid-19, all of that came to an abrupt halt. Our kids have
already started school and there is now a sense of routine. Confirmation
started this summer because we missed the entire Spring. The kids are going
to have their first week of school off from confirmation.
I am hoping that they can begin to establish a new routine and then
work confirmation in to that routine.
No doubt you also had or have a routine in your own life that changes when
we get to the fall. Maybe in the
past, you participated in summer activities like golf or pickleball.
Perhaps you look forward to your favorite television show coming back
from its summer break or you like cheering on a certain football team that
resides in Denver. But this
year, that program may not be back, and we might be watching football taking
place in an empty stadium. I
really appreciate sports for my entertainment.
As we ramp up into our new fall routine, I want you to think about how we do
all of these things together.
Very little of what we do happens on our own. We need others around us to
help make our routine successful.
We all play a role in the routine of others, whether we recognize
that or not.
In Paul's letter to the Romans, he talks about how we are all in this
4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members
have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in
Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have
gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in
proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in
teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in
generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness."
(Romans 12:4-8 – NRSV)
What gifts do you bring to ASLC?
What gifts do you share with the Delta, Cedaredge and Orchard City
community? How are you a part of
other people's routines and daily lives.
I think that is a lesson we need to keep learning.
We are all in this together, even if we do not realize it or believe
it. We are a part of each
How will you contribute to someone else's story this month? Will it be in a
positive way or a less than encouraging way? The choice is ours, isn't it? I
pray that you will be a blessing to others as you have first been blessed.
Have a wonderful September!
Servants together, Pr. Paul <><
p.s. Did you know??
said this last month and I have to say it again.
I am so pleased with the hard work our confirmation kids have been
putting in this summer. We
doubled our class time to 3 hours weekly so that we can catch up AND THEY
DID!! Please continue to encourage them in their studies and share in the
joy that they bring to our class time.
p.s.s. - Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???
God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.”