For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

August 2011

I hope everyone is having a good summer. It sure has been a hot one, but we all promised a few months ago when it was so cold that we would not complain when it turned warmer-guess God is seeing if we all will keep our word! As the summer winds down and we hurry to get as much fun packed into our last few days of vacation, I hope you will take a little time to just enjoy all the bounty of the season; fresh fruit and vegetables, a quiet time just watching a sun rise or sun set, listening to the birds sing praise to their Creator and to take a moment to say thanks to God for all that has been given to you. Tom and I are grateful for so many things this summer, let me highlight two in particular: thank-you to our church family and the trustees in particular for getting the old rickety deck replaced with a new and improved version. We are anxious to try it out. And secondly, a HUGE thank-you to Jan Scheibe for his overseeing this project and cleaning out the gutters at the parsonage and doing some landscaping of the parsonage grounds. This on top of everything else he does for all of us at the church- I hope everyone knows how blessed we are to have such a good and faithful servant!!!

Jan, thank-you so much, you are one of a kind!!

The next two months will be very busy for the committees of the church as we get ready for our annual church conference which will be held on Thursday September 29th at 7PM. There is much work that will need to be done prior to our annual meeting with the District Superintendent. Here is an excerpt from a recent letter from our conference: Our United Methodist Church through the Call to Action report is taking steps for the local and general church to develop a plan to foster and sustain vital and healthy congregations... Our churches are being called to work toward and sustaining health and vitality. We must be able to be accountable and track how we are doing in such areas. There are 5 measurable indicators of the vitality indicated by the research that will be used in developing goals and metrics...

As we prepare for Charge Conferences, each congregation is being called to set goals for 2012, 2013, and 2014 that are reasonable and achievable. SPRC is already reviewing the information sent to us by the District Office and other committees in the coming months will be using this material too. In next months’ newsletter I will publish more information on this new program and how we all can be participants in a growing and thriving ministry in our church, our community and our world. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer!

You are loved
Pastor Roberta

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