Here’s my latest finance letter for West Side …
Summer is upon us! Some days we can feel it in the warm sunshine and some days we wonder as we experience the cool rain and blustery winds. One day I was in eastern PA and we traveled from balmy eighty degree temperatures to an icy mix as we approached Clearfield! Nevertheless, summer is coming … just ask any student how many days of school remain!
Summer is a time of renewal and rest; a time of connecting with family and friends. It is a time of vacation, family reunions, class reunions, and travel, for weekends at the cabin and more. Rev. Melvin Amerson says that it is “M.M.I.A. Season,” which is an acronym for Members Missing In Action. The season can begin with Mothers’ Day and continue through Labor Day, including the additional holidays of Memorial Day, Fathers’ Day and 4th of July, as well as vacation time.
While we may need some vacation time; God never goes on vacation and the work of the Lord never stops. The ministry of West Side UMC continues throughout the summer. Summer is the grand time for weddings. It is the time for one of our main children’s discipleship and outreach events: Vacation Bible School. We expand our worship services to include a Sunday 8:30 am service. And our leaders are busy planning for the Fall.
We need your continued financial support throughout the summer. Let us be mindful of God’s continued presence in our lives throughout the summer. Even when we are away from West Side, God goes with us. Even when we are away from West Side, God continues to minister to and through West Side. Let’s support God’s Church while we are on vacation!
Have a blessed summer!