It wasn’t noticeable until I got into my truck and started for home on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 9, 10 and 11. While I was in the building I could not detect it. But when I went into my vehicle, oh my was it obvious! What was obvious was the smell of smoke on my clothes, and on my hair. Thank goodness that facemasks are now part of our everyday wardrobe. I know mine helped.
You have heard it said that it could have been worse. This is most certainly true. As the first two weeks went by I could also see the many areas that were not burned. Some areas had both water and smoke residue. But the smoke went everywhere. Even into some organ pipes. While some possessions were lost, so much remains.
The path to recovery, restoration, rebuilding and, yes reformation is getting clearer.It will take more weeks to do this. We’ll be moving things back and forth to make way for the cleaning and rebuilding crews. We must adjust to this for the time being. But like during this year of coronavirus, your congregation remains open. The daily work of parish ministry continues.
The first Sunday of October is an important one for us. It is our annual Pledge Sunday, when those of us coming to worship present our 2021 pledges. Thank you to those who have sent a pledge in the mail. In this time of restoration, it is an appropriate time to renew your pledge to Holy Spirit.
This year the annual Quilt Auction of the Camping Corporation will be an on-line event from November 1-8. Go to their website and register to be a bidder. Later in October the items for bid will be posted and you can then bid on them for one entire week. The Quilt Auction benefits the camp’s endowment fund which helps offer scholarships for summer camp.
As we enter the final one-third of the year, what great opportunities we have for living that statement. We continue to care for one another through, our calls, emails and now even a personal visit or two. We continue to care for one another by remaining alert and observant by using the safe practices of always wearing a mask and social distancing to keep everyone healthy. We continue to care by our monthly Drive-up food drop-off (see page 7).
We continue to care by completing our Rally Day kits we will send to Lutheran World Relief.
We continue to care by faithfully preparing and offering our pledge for 2021.
God has plans for Holy Spirit. Let’s continue to fulfill our mission statement as we give thanks for the varied gifts you bring to this ministry. Let us give thanks to God for the opportunity to share those gifts.
This year for Rally Day we will rally in a different way to meet the needs of people around the world. This year we will pack school kits and personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief from our homes. It’s a project for the entire family.
There is still time to pick up an instructional packet outside under the portico Sunday morning after worship. There are also some materials available to get you started. Then buy the remaining items, wrap them up and return your kit to church.
Remember “The Face Mask Challenge”.
If you need material, a box containing fabric will be available outside under the portico. We are hoping to donate 100 masks.
Please return your kits and face masks Sundays morning to the narthex in the designated spot. The last day to drop off your kit is Sunday, September 13. we will bless all of the kits outside after worship on September 13.
Don’t forget to wear your yellow “God’s Work. Our Hands.” t-shirt!