July Letter from the Pastor

“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  . . . they labor hard all summer gathering food for the winter.”  Proverbs 6:6 & 8 New Living Translation

Dear Friends,
 
On of my favorite books as a child was “Aesop’s Fables.”  I am sure that you remember some of these stories too.  They are still a part of our culture and most people at least know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  As I was out working in the garden in the sunshine the other day I was remembering the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper.  The Ant is very industrious and works very, very hard.  I think she is modeled on the same Ant that is mentioned in Proverbs 6.
 
The Grasshopper on the other hand is a great model of self care and relaxation.  However, winter is coming and the Grasshopper has not collected any food and has no place to go to stay warm.  I, like the Grasshopper, sometimes forget how cold winter can be while I am in the midst of enjoying summer.  The green leaves, the blue skies, the flowers and vegetables growing like weeds—all these speak of everlasting summer to me.
 
There are many Stewardship messages in the book of Proverbs!  God praises the industrious Ants and God encourages the Grasshoppers to take care of themselves and their families. (See Proverbs 6:9-10)  We as a church community have committed ourselves to a budget that pays staff salaries, buys the paper for the bulletins, keeps the lights on, and provides a place of grace for many to meet.  Our commitments do not take a break in the summer.  We need to be like the Ants, even as we enjoy our summer rest and relaxation like the Grasshoppers!
 
We have also committed ourselves to continued progress on paying down our Building Fund Mortgage.  I can just hear the Ant saying, “the faster you pay this off, the less interest you are going to have to pay.”  She is correct.  Our third commitment is to support a Local Benevolence each month.  This month we give socks for school children who are in need.  This is a fun yet practical gift to give that will make a difference in many children’s lives.
 
Whether you see yourself as Ant or Grasshopper this day, you are always a Steward of the gifts God has given to you.  We give thanks to all the stewards of Trinity—the ones who have installed an air conditioner in the basement and the ones who will teach, lead, and play with the children at Vacation Bible School in July.  We are Stewards not just of money, but of time and abilities, too. 
 
Loving life today and remembering to give all summer,
Pastor Jocelyn 

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