We have had some “good” problems at church lately. You know that kind that you can rejoice about. Some time ago, we thought we had ordered enough baptismal Bibles. Well, we have had so many baptisms in the last year and half we have run out of Bibles sooner than we thought we would. We also thought we have made enough fleece blankets that our confirmation youth prayed over and made. We only have two left! Again, great problems to have. I give thanks for the many families who have had children over the pandemic. They have waited for in person baptisms or who have felt it important to gather with people in their bubble and have a baptism in the home! I appreciate the many people who have worked so well with the safety measures we have in place when we gather outside or in worship. I give thanks for your understanding and for the joy we can have as we welcome these new lives into the world and the Church! Keep these baptismal families in your thoughts and prayers as they find it important and meaningful to baptize and raise their children in the Christian faith.
On another note, have you ever thought or been interested in learning more about your faith? Lay school of theology may be just for you. https://ecswlayschool.org/ People from other local ELCA congregations gather once a month throughout the school year on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings to learn about the Bible and Lutheran theology. One person who has attended said,
“I really didn’t know how much I didn’t know about my faith until I attended Lay School. I have grown and learned so much, even after all these years!”
Lay School is a funny name. But the term "lay" stands for laity from the Greek word for "people." Not everyone is called to pastoral leadership. But pastoral leadership is not the only kind of leadership that exists in the church. Through the baptized, the Holy Spirit is at work feeding, healing, teaching, restoring, and loving. That's what Christ's mission is all about.
The Holy Spirit equips and calls people to lead church councils, bible studies, Sunday school, and youth meetings. Some are called to serve on teams that plan for new pastors, engaging people in worship, sharing the mission of Jesus in community. Maybe God is calling you to deepen your sense of what faith is all about. If that's the case, lay school is for you. If you’re interested in attending, Pastor Dara & I are happy to help you along the way and the church would be willing to help with the cost.
I give thanks for the ministry we share through baptisms and learning. Let us all continue to strive in sharing ministry where “God’s love comes to life”!
Christ’s Blessings & Peace,