Hope all of you have had a good, relaxing Sabbath rest this summer!
At NDPC, we extend our summer season all the way through August, so even as kids and families have started back to school, we won’t begin our “full Sunday schedule” until Sept. 11th, the first Sunday after Labor Day. In the meantime, we are still worshiping at 10am on Sunday and kids are always welcome in worship.
We are gearing up for a wonderful fall at NDPC. Here are 5 things to keep an eye on:
- Fun on the Farm is this Saturday, August 13th. It’s our annual congregational outing to Kennesaw Mountain to the Leslie family farm for eating, relaxing, swimming, fishing, games, and just catching up. Register via the link in the Communicator. All ages are welcome.
- A Mission Fair will take place on 3 Sundays, August 14th, 21st, and 28th after worship from 11-11:30am. Let’s be honest: many of us limited our service commitments during the heart of the pandemic, out of concern about COVID. It’s time to re-engage. Drop by the fair, meet our lead volunteers, learn more about our mission partners, and perhaps find a new place to volunteer your energy. Community ministries, global mission, peace and justice, and creation care will all be represented at the Fair.
- We want you to be a church school leader! I know, you think you don’t “know enough” to lead or teach kids. Rubbish. Every one of our members is qualified to lead Sunday School. Bring yourself, your warm heart, your caring spirit, your faith and your questions, and share them with NDPC’s youngest souls. Can you be there most Sundays and be a “shepherd?” Awesome! Can you only make a limited commitment and want to teach a lesson or two? Terrific! Contact Erin Reed Cooper or Elder Virginia Pribbenow to find out how you can help.
- Make a joyful noise! We are delighted to be entering our first full church year under the leadership of our new Music Director, Huu Mai. Huu has lots of opportunities for all of us to participate in music-making this year. Join the choir! Join our new worship band. Be part of our kids’ music program. Reach out to Huu to learn more.
Finally, our churchwide theme for 2022-23 is “Be.” Being is something we too often take for granted. You’ve heard the joke that we should be called “human doings,” because we focus too much on what we do, instead of who and how we are. This year, we will slow down enough to reflect on our own being, on one another’s being, and on God, in whom we “live and move and have our being.”
We’re excited to re-convene with all of you. Enjoy the rest of these lazy, hazy days of summer.