Church Council President's Update

June 2013

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). During this summer season, these familiar words remind us that schedules change during the summer months. For those with children in school, the normal school day routine is replaced with a different set of activities, and sometimes it can be just as hectic as during the school year. As you approach the summer, my prayer for each of you is that you find some time for relaxation and rejuvenation, especially by making connections with family, friends and our God.

With a change in your daily routine, perhaps you can find some additional quiet time for devotions or daily prayer. The Psalmist writes “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) By making room for this time, you will expand your faith life, connecting with Jesus through Word and prayer. As we grow in faith with God, we grow in relation with him, and our daily lives will be transformed. Then, we will more easily act out that faith in Jesus each and every day with those we meet.

Often the slower pace of summer may allow for more time with friends and family. I hope to take advantage of that extra time this summer to have caring conversations with them, to learn more about them, so I may care more deeply for them. Our vision statement for Immanuel is “God is calling us to reach deeper into our congregation and further out into the community to better know and care for one another.”

The best way for this vision to be realized is for each of us to find a way to live into that vision. Making time to grow relationships with those around us is a key to knowing how we can better know and care for one another. Make this summer your chance to deepen your faith and develop deeper relationships.

We thank God for summer, and all the joy it brings in so many ways. Take advantage of it to bring joy to your faith life as well!

John Urbanski
Congregation Council President