The Oak Grove Pavilion season starts this Saturday! The White Top Mountain Band will fill the air with their old-time repertoire guaranteed to fill the dance floor in record time. The concert begins at 7:00 pm (as do all this season); come early with a picnic dinner, save your appetite for the goodies in the canteen, or take a chance on winning a homemade cake in the cake walk. Thank you to all who are working so hard to make this a great Oak Grove season!
This past weekend, Lutherans from all around the Virginia Synod gathered at Roanoke College for the 28th annual Virginia Synod Assembly. During those three days, we worshipped together, heard inspiring speakers and carried out the business of the synod. The theme of the gathering was “Knowing Your Congregational Neighborhood to Do God’s Will.” Speakers and small group experiences helped us discover how to get to know the people in our neighborhoods and how best to serve them. During one of the exercises, I listened to others at my table talk about their urban setting and the dichotomy between the neighbors who surround their church and the fact that most of their members drive a fair distance to come to church. I looked at the demographics for Floyd County and thought about the unique rural setting in which we serve and the opportunities this setting provides. On the business side, I was elected to represent the synod at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in July 2016 in New Orleans and look forward to that experience. A summary of the assembly will be in your worship bulletins this Sunday.
Thank you to Bill Gardner, Vickie Sowers and Laura Leroy for leading worship this past Sunday. This Sunday, I will be visiting my mother following her chemotherapy; please come to church and support BJ Bauermeister and Billy Motley as they give the sermon and Bill Gardner who will lead the service at Zion. Please feel free to call or email me while I’m gone: 540-553-1289, firstname.lastname@example.org.
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” - Revelation 21:5-7
While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary. - Chinua Achebe
Yours in Christ,