Here is a “heads-up” as you plan your summer schedules! After much discussion and feedback from individuals and our ministry teams, the Leadership Team has approved a worship schedule change for the weeks between the 4th of July and Labor Day holiday weekends. So this means that after we have a single worship service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 5th, beginning on July 8th our contemporary service that normally occurs on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. will be moving to Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. This will also allow our 11:00 a.m. service to move to 10:00 a.m. for the Sundays from July 12th through Labor Day Sunday, September 6th (when we will again have a single service at 10:00 a.m.). The final Wednesday night service will be on September 2nd . We will then return to the “normal” schedule on Sunday, September 13th. The 8:30 a.m. service will continue at its regular time throughout the summer except for the holiday weekends.
This change is in response to feedback from the large number of individuals and families who are gone during many summer weekends as well as others who would appreciate an earlier time for our latest service of the morning to allow for family outings, etc. My personal experience also tells me that another result of having a weeknight service is that we might attract some new folks who for whatever reason are unable to attend worship on Sunday mornings.
So…mark your calendars now! And get the word out to your friends and neighbors. I look forward to trying this schedule which hopefully is more sensitive to vacations and other summer plans that we all have. Come fall, we will assess the success of the change as we continue to always look forward with a vision of greater inclusion for all of God’s children in the life of our church.
One of the greatest joys in my pastoral role is the opportunity I get to carry out the rite of confirmation to students who have completed the requirements of the confirmation program. I am always honored to be a part of such an important time in their faith journey as they become full members of the congregation by answering the questions that for most of them were answered for them by their parents at the time of their baptism. On Sunday, May 4th, I will have the privilege of confirming Nathan Fox, Maddie Roush, Baylee Yeomans, Tyler Barnes, and Kyra McNulty at the 9:30 a.m. service. (the students will also be recognized at the beginning of the 11:00 a.m. service). This celebration will be a culmination of a journey that includes participation in classes and field trips as well as an overnight retreat. The program has been led again this year with great enthusiasm and commitment by Dennis and Debbie Korn.
Everyone is also invited to a reception in the East Room at 10:30 a.m. that morning to officially greet and welcome the students into the HUMC family. Please plan to be a part of this celebration!