Letter from Pastor David Bateman
Harmony Note October 7, 2021
We are blessed! Perhaps we are stretching some boundaries, but our attendance continues to grow as more people are comfortable or at least more tolerant of gathering in person. We are singing hymns and enjoying coffee hour, respecting the boundaries of those who are immuno-compromised or at risk. We need to continue diligence as we grow into our “new normal”, whatever shape that may take.
We are blessed with volunteers that are willing to step in whenever necessary to help in a myriad of ways, from reading scripture and hosting coffee hour, to helping with hygiene kits for Church World Service. We enjoy the privilege of multi-generational worship with frequently a dozen or more children for children’s time and Sunday School, while beginning worship with parents and grandparents and the many seniors that interact across generational lines. God has abundantly blessed us !
As we experience harvest taking place across our geography, we are grateful to live in this place called Harmony, and relish the abundance flowing from combines in fertile fields. While maybe not a bin buster, our harvest bushels reflect improved genetics and practices that produce yields above expectations.
We are grateful! The changing colors and falling leaves remind us that fall is here and soon we will encounter colder temperatures in this season of change. As we enjoy the blessings of bounty in the changing season, we need to be aware of those in food deserts, those who need help with daily bread. Many of us cannot imagine being hungry in this land of abundance, yet it is real, and it is among us, in our communities and country.
God calls us to share, to be His hands feeding His children, our brothers and sisters, siblings in Christ. In this time of bountiful harvest, may we see and respond to the needs around us, that no one should go away hungry. Open our eyes to see the needs, our hearts to respond, and our wallets to make a difference as best we can.
Blessings and Peace and Love,
God is Good, All the Time – All the Time, God is Good ! Amen
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