With Memorial Day weekend in late May, our society and the church are officially in summer mode. That means that we all look forward to being more active outside – until it gets too hot. And that means that we look forward to a different pace and different activities in the life of the church. For instance, our Sunday worship time is an hour earlier and the dress code is a little more relaxed. Also with our move to 9:30 worship on June 2nd, we will also have “Discussion Time” as we’ve had in prior years. This will be an opportunity for you to talk back about the sermon for the day. As well, we might also have some discussions about other timely topics as there is need.
In late June, I will be attending our denomination’s Mission Summit and then taking some vacation time. So, you will have an opportunity to hear from some familiar voices from the pulpit. On June 23rd, Ryan Dyer will deliver the sermon and on June 30th, our own Carroll Morony will lead us in worship.
Along with these special opportunities, we will plan to have some fun outside of worship this summer. My hope is that we can get back to planning a significant Fourth of July event that will help us reach out to the community as we have in years past. Of course, this assumes that it doesn’t pour down rain on the fourth and that the city holds the celebration this year. Also, I hope that we will be able to have a Neighborhood Night Out party or other area outreach event sometime in the mid to late summer. This is a great way to meet some of our neighbors and learn more about our neighborhood. At one of these events in prior years, one person commented that we neighbors don’t really get to see each other that much. During the week, the neighbors are coming and going from their homes while the church has less traffic. Our big traffic day is Sunday when the neighbors might be sleeping in or busy doing other things. So, a neighborhood event is a great way to build relationship with those who live and work around our church.
To further our fun this summer, we will plan on attending a couple of Fort Collins Foxes games again this year. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy a summer evening in the park. The games start at 6:15 pm and there is generally a theme for the evening that makes the game more enjoyable. We will announce dates a few weeks before we plan to go. Finally, our Six-pack groups will continue to meet as we make a concerted effort to get to know each other better. The only limit here will be the creative ideas for interesting things for the groups to do.
While we all look forward to a great, fun-filled summer, your church does need your help! Events like the Fourth of July Celebration and Neighborhood Night Out are important to the life of our church and they reach out to our neighborhood and the greater Fort Collins community. But volunteers are needed for the events to be successful. Initially, these events were inspired and planned by church members. Now there is a committee to help plan the events. If you would consider helping with one of these events, please contact the church office.
I get sort of dizzy as I consider all that could be planned for this summer. But all of the events are good opportunities for our church. May we have a blessed, fun-filled summer at American Baptist Church.
– Pastor Bill