Children have been back in school here for a few weeks. It is the Labor Day weekend. A busy fall lies ahead. We’ve had a few days of heavy rain and cool weather that made it seem like fall was close. I turned to Walter, as we looked out at the Blue Ridge, and asked, how soon do you guess the fall colors are going to come to the mountains? But even as fast as the time is moving, we still have a lot of things to do before the leaves leave their branches.
Over the summer months, we had quite a few new and returning visitors at the Fellowship. Some were passing through on their summer vacations. Some had recently moved to the area. Others have lived in Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro for years and were looking to see if our congregation is what they need at this time in their lives and the life of our country. And some were returning to the Fellowship after several years elsewhere.
We intentionally greeted our summer guests with a series of services showing who we are as a congregation. I preached seven sermons in July and August, and, on two Sundays, we had returning guest ministers. On Saturday, September 9, we will have a New Member Class for those of our summer, spring, and longer-term visitors who are ready to think about membership and to learn what they need to know to make that decision.
Please remember to welcome our guests with all the grace and warmth you show to me and each other. We never know how important this Fellowship will be to the spiritual wellbeing of newcomers. But we do know from experience what grace, energy, and direction they may bring to this congregation. There is a verse in the Christian Bible, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2, KJV). We need only look around us at the angel faces of those who have come to us to know it is true.
Peace and Blessings,