It has been anything but a quiet summer in Lake Wobegon. Our congregation has been at work and on the move in almost every way we could imagine. We have sent off three mission teams of youth and adults to help build a school in Nicaragua, and work with local Native communities on homes in Chiloquin, Oregon and Tsaile, Arizona. They traveled thousands of miles, got dirty and sweaty and tired, deepened their faith and built relationships with people they would never have known otherwise. What a great way to spend your summer!
We’ve hosted another successful session of Kid Zone Summer Camp, and just wrapped up an amazing week of Vacation Bible Camp. Some 215 children, and 50 or more youth and adult leaders have helped share gifts of encouragement, laughter, joy and hope in God’s love. The children raised more than their $1,000 goal for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which meant that on Friday at the end of the week both of your pastors were slimed. The mission of God sometimes asks the unexpected of us.
Our space will also be used in support of Camp Escapades for two weeks. The camp is held mostly at Country Day School, but special events and activities will be taking place here as well. Camp Escapades offers a summer camp experience to children with special needs or developmental delays. We are glad to be their partners in this wonderful opportunity. Later on we are hosting a Worship Conference sponsored by our Cal-Pacific Annual Conference. We expect about 100 leaders from congregations around southern California to be on our campus pretty well all day on Saturday, August 26.
We continue to make progress toward the start of construction on Phase 2 of our new educational facilities. When we have a date for groundbreaking we will let you all know. But it should be taking place this September!
We continue to share in generous worship, compassionate mission, offering care and concern for others through the seasons of life. Whether that is in the birth of a baby, a time in hospital or recovery at home, or giving thanks at the end of a life, we know that God goes with us in these important times.
It really hasn’t been a quiet summer, but we are blessed and fortunate to be able to make a difference in the lives of so many people. Thank you for your encouragement, your support, your participation in the mission we offer. It is a witness to God’s grace at work, throughout the year.