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The Impact of Summer on the Church

Summer is right around the corner! I have mixed feelings about summer; most pastors do. I'm not talking about the weather; most of you know how I feel about that. I'm talking about summer vacation. Most of us are not stu-dents or teachers, and that means life goes on as normal, but most people take vacations in the summer months to take advantage of the weather and the freer schedules of students in their families. What that typically translates to is a reduction in church attendance during the summer months. And while I would always rather preach in a fuller sanctuary, it's not just a matter of warm bodies in seats. It reduces the pool of volunteers we need to make church services run smoothly.

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It's Just the Beginning

Well, folks, as winters go, this one has been a bust so far. Three or four “teaser” snows, lots of gray, cloudy, rainy weather, and a bit of ice; not good weather for people who love winter, and except for one beautiful Saturday a couple of weeks ago, not good weather for people who hate it, either. In other news, partisan politics and fear still rule the news cy-cle, the flu is going around, and Mary Tyler Moore is dead. In other words, there’s plenty to get depressed about if you’re inclined that way.

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Years Are Simply How We Measure the Passage of Time

It is likely that by the time you read this, you will have heard at least some of it from the pulpit, but it’s on my mind, so I’m writing about it now.

It’s time to say farewell to 2016, and welcome 2017. It sure seems, though, that an awful lot of people feel more like saying “good riddance!” to 2016, and to 2017, “thank God you’re here!”. Not everybody feels that way, of course, and of course even those who had a bad year can look back and see some bright spots (YAY CUBS!). But 2016 was a year full of high-profile celebrity deaths, some horrible terror attacks, and an uncommonly divisive election cycle. Add to these shared experiences the usual disappointments and hardships, and it’s understandable that a great number of people are glad to see the end of this year.

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