April Letter from the Pastor
by Pastor Jocelyn Carson | April 1, 2013
What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8
Have you made your plans for some time of rest and relaxation this summer? Summer is the traditional time for activities that take place outside. Every person, no matter their age or abilities can benefit from time spent in nature, which was created for us by our loving God. Time spent hiking in the woods or sitting by a river gives us a chance to renew our souls and recharge our physical batteries.
This summer everyone is invited to participate in an All Church Retreat at a place that is designed to be welcoming and accessible to all. We gather under the theme, “What does the Lord require?” a question asked by the prophet Micah. Our relationship with God is of course God’s gift to us through grace, but Micah challenges us to grow in discipleship. We will learn more about justice and kindness and we will talk about what it means to walk humbly with our God. Deaconess April Boyden from Bellingham will be our retreat leader.
One sign of being a person of God is to observe a time of “Sabbath.” The Sabbath was a gift from God to the people of Israel designed to allow them time to rest and refresh themselves, their servants and their animals. This summer’s retreat will provide a time of Sabbath for people of all ages. Imagine the rest a retreat provides, spending quality time with your church friends, not having to grocery shop or make meals, and the beauty and peace of the countryside. There will be times of worship, study and discussion but there will also be ample time to do those things you enjoy. Swimming, hiking, fishing, crafts, photography or just sitting still are just some of the options.
The Cascadian Center is just north of Mount Vernon and you may come for the entire retreat or for just a day. The details are on the front page of the newsletter, and I hope you will consider taking part in this retreat, even if you have never gone on a retreat before. Some scholarship money is available (please talk with me) and all rooms are accessible. Make plans now to spend time in nature, sing around a campfire and enjoy great friends!
Blessings of peace and joy,