Minister's Message



Minister’s Message


The cool, crisp mornings that we have had the past few days remind me of why I missed Ohio weather all those years that I lived in South Carolina. Unlike some people, including my husband and daughter, I like the cool weather. I much prefer a day in the thirties or forties to one in the eighties or nineties, especially ninety degrees with ninety percent humidity. I like to see the seasons changing—the colorful leaves of the fall, followed by the frost of the winter, and the greening of spring, and yes, I can even enjoy the warming of summer if it doesn’t last from February until November as it typically did in South Carolina. 


The changing seasons remind me of the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.



These powerful words tell us that God has a plan, and things happen in God’s time, not ours. I often have a hard time remembering this simple idea, but as I watch the seasons change, I am reminded of God’s great plan for all creation. 


The church’s calendar also has a time for every thing. During the fall season, we engage in the annual Stewardship Campaign. Many of us don’t like to talk about financial matters; however, the Church has bills to pay just like you and me. We have to pay for electricity for the lights, gas for the heat, and, yes, even salaries for our dedicated staff. As you think about stewardship this fall, remember “every purpose under the heaven” including the needs of your church. 


Remember, also, as we move through the fall, we are rapidly approaching the season of Advent.  The Ministry Committee has scheduled several events for Advent beginning with the annual Advent Workshop at the Church on December 3. The Choir is planning a special musical message for December 17 and is looking for volunteers—singers, actors, and stage hands—who are interested in being a part of this production. Finally, our Christmas Eve Service will be a service of lessons and carols. More information about each of these events is forthcoming.


As we move through the seasons, have faith that God’s plan is a good one for each of us: “To every thing there is a season.”


                            Grace and peace, Barb