At RHUMC there is really no such thing as the “dog days” of summer. No lying around. No hiding in the shade. For us, the pace of life even picks up some. The campus is active and busy with a couple of hundred children at our Preschool summer school, our Kid Zone summer camps, and especially this past week with our Vacation Bible Camp. Our middle school youth just returned from their week of service, working in the far northern California community of Smith River. Our senior high youth will be coming home from their week shortly.
We’ve had almost a hundred volunteer adult and youth crew leaders and helpers on site during VBC. They’ve gotten up early, and worked well and hard together. The results of their efforts are obvious. No doubt they’re tired, but it’s a good kind of tired. The same goes for our SSP youth. Mornings come early, the days are long, but the sense of accomplishment and the joy of the community is hard to describe. It’s engaging, rewarding, and exhausting all at once.
Work continues to prepare for moving our preschool into temporary accommodations for the coming year of construction. By the start of the fall session we will be up and running. Fire department inspections, and approvals by the Department of Social Services are on schedule. In about a week you will see construction fencing going up as we get ready for demolition. Once the buildings are down and the site is clear we plan to hold a Groundbreaking Celebration in early September. We’ll be sure to let everyone know once we have a date and time set!
There are many reasons to be thankful this season, and much to celebrate. Your generosity is remarkable. Halfway through the year we are within a fraction of a percent of our budget goal. Church and Kid Zone operations had been budgeted for a surplus of just under $6,000 through June. Our actual surplus was just under $4,000, out of a combined budget of $877,000 for the first six months. Thank you to all who help support the life and work of our congregation, and as well as to those who ensure that your gifts are used to make a real difference in our community and world.
As we look to the fall, I believe we will only have more occasions to give thanks, more reasons to celebrate God’s presence and work among us. Thank you for what has already been a remarkable season of grace.
Grace and peace,