This weekend is the first of two Worship in the Park Sundays that Faith Church has been holding for the last 3-4 years, and thankfully the weather is forecast to be beautiful! We set up our worship band in the High Pavilion at East Lampeter Community Park, and enjoy worshipping God in the gorgeous surroundings of the Park. Our Township does a wonderful job keeping the park fun and attractive. So we invite all of you to join us! Added to the surroundings, our Bishop will be with us. Bruce Hill has been a pastor and leader in the Evangelical Congregational Church for a number of years, and he has been our Bishop for the last three. He is a creative leader with a bold vision and a heart for God and his Kingdom. In preparation for his message on Sunday, perhaps you’ll take a few minutes and read his address to our denomination’s National Conference last week. During worship in the park, we’ll also celebrate communion and take a special offering to support our missionaries.
Warmer weather means not only Worship in the Park, but also summer vacation. My family will travel to Texas next, as we are looking forward to vacationing with family. That means on June 15, Phil Bartelt will be continuing our series in 1 Corinthians, and I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a few weeks. It has been a blessing to have Phil, Lisa, and their kids as members of Faith Church now for almost a year! On June 22, we have another special opportunity, the Conestoga Valley Ministerium Pulpit Exchange. Pastor Tom Eshleman of Groffdale Mennonite Church will be with us, and I will be preaching at Zion Lutheran Church of Leola. Tom has been pastor at Groffdale since September, 2009. He, his wife Jennifer, and their three children came to Groffdale in 2005 as associate/youth pastor. Prior to that he taught elementary school in Harrisonburg, VA. Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, he holds a BA degree from Eastern Mennonite University and a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. I wish I could be there to hear Tom, so I’ll have to check out the podcast! I’ve gotten to know Tom a bit through the ministerium, and I’ve come to appreciate his obvious passion for Christ.
June is a busy month at Faith Church. Ballroom dance has started back up on Tuesday evenings. The Summer Lunch Program begins on the 16th, and we could still use your help volunteering for that. It’s going to be a great summer!