Rev. Ben Strength
Reflections for Fall


Autumn is upon us. I hope that you are excited by the possibility of cooler days and evenings. The season of harvest and fall fruits draws near. Fresh apples and refreshing apple cider will be available soon. Fall is a beautiful season with colorful leaves and pumpkins everywhere. May each of us enjoy the beautiful world which God has blessed us with. Remember to thank Him for all his works.
     Schools and universities are back in session. May God bless and keep students, teachers, administrators, bus drivers and all the support staff safe. I hope that each of us will pray for them daily. One of my daily prayers is for God to protect all our families from the evil one and those who do his will.
     In the midst of the chaos and confusion of the world, God is still with us. The Church and Christians are still shining the light of Christ into this present darkness. May each of us bring the light of Christ and the love of God into our families, friendships and community.
     First UMC is preparing to resume group meetings in September: The United Methodist Men, Women in Faith, Temple Builders and The Joy Group. Scouts still meet here every week.
     Joneen is working with the Chancel Choir and Children’s Choir. If you can sing, please support her efforts.  Ashleigh is working with our youth and could also use your support. Their kickoff party is this Sunday.
     If you have not been attending Sunday morning worship, you are greatly missed. Come enjoy the Grace of God which pours out to all of us when we gather together to glorify our Lord and praise His name.
     We look forward to seeing you on Sundays. Grace and peace to you.
    Ben Strength