They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest. -Jeremiah 5:24
I grew up in South Florida and never experienced fall colors until I moved to Blue Ridge. You will never know how much you miss in life if you never experience it at least once. That was how I felt about fall colors. I look forward to the month of October and early November starting from about about the middle of August. Every year I enjoy the wonder of the leaves changing colors. Often times I hear people say the leaves are not as brilliant this year as last year. I always just enjoy the colors and never compare it to past years. I hope you enjoy the change of season as much as I do.
In addition to the changing of leaves, the coming of autumn brings with it many Harvest Festivals, pumpkins, apples and apple cider. Be sure and take time to enjoy the season. No two autumn days are ever the same. Take time each day to enjoy God’s wonderful creation in the beauty of the day.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We are so lucky to have Doug as our pastor. Being the pastor of our church is a difficult job. Please take some time to personally thank Doug for all the things he does for our congregation.
In Blue Ridge Methodist October is a busy time for the Lay Leadership committee as we search out members of the congregation who are willing to take leadership positions on various committees in the church. We must complete our work before the Charge conference that will take place on October 12. Please pray that our choices will be the right person for the right job. If you are asked to serve please consider serving in some capacity.
October is the month we traditionally have our Stewardship Campaign in which we ask you to consider your giving to the church for next year. I know this is one of those subjects that makes everyone uncomfortable in the pews. I am not going to ask you to increase your giving in this article. That is something you have to consider yourself. What I am going to ask is that you do make a commitment, and fill out a commitment card at the end of the Stewardship Campaign. The reason I ask this is because we base our church budget on these commitment cards and what you promised to give to the church. The more accurate our expected giving will be, in turn makes our budget forecast more accurate.
I would like to add a word of encouragement and thanks to Karen Seers, Brian Mate and their team of wonderful people who worked so hard on the MACA Meal programs last year. If you have not heard the Lord has led this group to try an outreach program that they hope will better serve our church family. They are developing a program to bring Holy Communion to church members who may not be able to attend a service at church. At some point in the future they hope to include a light meal with their visits. What a wonderful blessing this will be to everyone. GOD is great, all the time.
And so, please take some time to stop, reflect and enjoy all the spiritual lessons autumn has to offer. Take time to watch the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, and most of all thank God for the autumn splendor.
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul then I will send rain on your land in its sea-son, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. -Deuteronomy 11:13-15