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August 2021 connection

From the Pastor:

Greetings in the name of Christ,

I pray that your sum- mer is going well. I have ben enjoying getting to all the trips I had to put off last summer. I en- joyed visiting with my in-laws last month as well as seeing the national mall. I also had a great trip to cedar point. My family and I are really looking forward to all meeting in August. It is a blessing that we are able to visit each other even though we all live so far away.

I have enjoyed seeing all of the baptisms this summer as well. God has given us an amazing responsibility to share His Word with the next generation, and to model its teachings.

I have noticed that the people who signed up to take care of a section of the grounds have been very diligent and it is paying off. The church grounds look very nice. The last section of bricks has begun to arrive for the memorial garden, and it might even be finished earlier than we anticipated.

Preparations have begun for our return to Sunday School, and I am really looking forward to seeing our young ones engaged in Bible study and mission once again.

Blessings on your August,

Pastor Aaron

July 2021 Connection

From the Pastor:

Greetings in the name of Christ,

As you receive this newsletter, I will be relaxing in Smithfield Virginia, likely tuned into Facebook to worship alongside you from
afar. I will also be celebrating 40 years of life, 11 years of marriage, and 8 years of being your pastor while I am gone. God is
pretty great.

I have really been encouraged to see so many members of the congregation in attendance each week. While being able to worship online was such a wonderful gift, I missed just being with you all. All the baptisms and celebrations going on at the church remind me of the first buds of flowers poking up through the dirt after a long winter.

Summer is upon us now, and I am excited to see those buds mature into the ministries of St. Paul Lutheran church. I love to see God honored through our serving each other, and I am grateful to have a congregation of disciples of Christ.

Blessings on your July,

Pastor Aaron