Good day siblings in Christ,

I have been a little distracted recently, hence the lateness each week of this update. When I started these updates, the goal was to get the bulletin out because everyone was online and there was no office administrator in the building. I have kept them going as a way of sharing information about upcoming events. Originally, I had not planned on keeping this going past the major part of the pandemic, but here we are. My distraction has come because I have begun typing my dissertation for my Doctorate of Ministry. If you see me on the porch with my Macbook in front of me and staring intently at it, it probably means I am writing. This will be a part of my life through January unless I happen to finish it early completely edited. The fun is, it is about you as a church! 

There are two events coming in September to be aware of. The first is on September 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the 9-11 memorial in Croton. There is an annual community remembrance held there and I have led the opening and closing prayer for the last 5 years. It is an honor to do so. It is a very special service with the three local town mayors coming together to honor those who died in the towers, those who survive, and first responders. 

On September 18, we will have a worship service to acknowledge Indian Boarding Schools. The official day of recognition is September 30 and individuals are encouraged to wear orange. You are invited to wear orange on September 18 as well. The service comes from the American Indian Lutheran community with a few of my own additions in it. It is a representation of what Native American Lutherans bring to the table. There are not many of us, but we are here.

Sunday School will be starting shortly. Wednesday Bible study will start this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. It will be on the Gospel of Mark, unless someone offers an alternative.  I will offer an online study in addition to the in-person one and am working out a good topic.

We are gearing up for a tag sale on October 8! Donations can begin soon and there will be a sign-up sheet for those who can help on that day.

Pastor Johnson