….A newsletter from the desk of Pastor Steve-Orono United Methodist Church….
Memorial Day is now behind us, so summer has begun, right? Wait, that’s not right! My calendar says our summer season doesn’t officially begin until just after midnight on June 21st. Despite the calendar information, some describe Memorial Day weekend as our unofficial entry into the summer season here in Maine.
I don’t know about you, but I typically sense an attitude of “downtime” when considering the summer months. School is out for the kids, balmy breezes and extended daylight hours allow for increased play (for kids and adults alike) during the summer months, and vacations bring opportunities for relaxation. And then, reality strikes!
The next several weeks will feature a flurry of activity for our church family and for me personally. As for the church, a youth pizza-movie night along with a choir party are scheduled for this week, high school and college grads will be recognized during worship very soon, followed by a talent show during fellowship hour. A visiting youth choir from Pennsylvania will perform for us in June, adult study group will continue our study on women of the Bible, the D.I.V.A.S. will host a Father’s Day lunch, and we will be providing a meal for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter (check-out our “Looking Ahead” section in this newsletter for more details on these events.) Weddings are in the works, along with continued song and prayer services offered at Dirigo Pines, mixed-in with some upcoming ministry offered at graveside services. And this is merely a partial list!
As for me personally, I have appreciated your inquiries as to my progress with the doctoral program at Duke University. I am happy to report that I have recently finished-up the required coursework; now, the thesis/dissertation writing begins. After submitting my portfolio, a statement of interest followed by a thesis proposal, my goal is to invest a considerable amount of time researching and writing during the upcoming summer months. This phase of the program is supposed to take between one to two years; I am hoping to get a good head start this summer, along with attending Annual Conference in June, and spending as much time as I can with family and grandkids.
So as you can see, the upcoming months for all of us will be rather busy! Yet in the midst of it all, let us continue to gather together often in our sanctuary to receive the peace that calms us, and the love that persuades us of God’s faithfulness. Let us make the upcoming weeks and months productive, fun, and yes….peaceful (when possible!)
~See you in church!~