As I write, we are gently easing into autumn. The nights are cool, the mornings tinged with crispness and the squirrels are beginning to store food in earnest as the calls of various migrating birds recede.
So fitting to feel this shift just as our church experiences its own shift. Thank you, again, for the warm welcome you have extended. I hope that you will continue to reach out so that we might get to know one another better. You can reach me in various ways: (1) 330-253-5109 ext. 118 (church), 330-907-1050 (cell); (2) firstname.lastname@example.org; (3) use https://doodle.com/pastor.nanette to schedule a meeting with me.
With the arrival of fall, I am reminded, again, how each season – literal or figurative – comes with a myriad of feelings about what is past and what is to come – excitement, adventure, promise, relief, hope, and even melancholy. As you celebrate the summer that is now past, live into this autumn and look towards the holidays to come, I invite you to prayerfully reflect on where you find yourself in body, mind and spirit. To celebrate all that has and continues to be good and honor anything within that might need to be heard. Don’t save your resolutions for the New Year! Perhaps you will join me in prayerful reflection this month using theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.