“Tis the season for mortarboard hats, tassels and black robes galore. As we celebrate the end of another school year with students and graduates in our community (woot woot to Master of Education Katie Klug!), let us also take a moment to pray for folks in this season of transition. The job hunt is starting for some and continuing for others. While graduation is certainly a great achievement, it is also the beginning of a whole new stage of life. School days are behind and a world of possibility is ahead. For each of us, life is a series of transitions and choices with options that can seem overwhelming. Will I make the right choice? Is this what I should be doing with my life? These questions are not limited to recent graduates, but are life questions most of us face time and again.
Last Sunday, we studied together the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8. In light of the question ‘what should I do with my life,’ there was no specific direction. Instead, Jesus shared the meaning of the parable for one that follows Him: “…the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luke 8:15) A good life cannot be lived without ‘persevering’. Indeed, just a verse earlier we are told that the things that choke us from responding to the Gospel message are “life’s worries, riches and pleasures,” which keep one from maturing. (Luke 8:14) How often are we distracted from loving one another as Jesus loves and from loving God by worry, or money, or focusing solely upon our own enjoyment? We have to persevere, something we cannot do alone. This week, how can you encourage someone you know to continue to follow after the calling God has placed upon their life? How can you encourage yourself not to worry, but instead to persevere?
May you be blessed as you are sent out to bless others.
See you Sunday for Family Dinner and Luke study. Sign up for our dinner potluck below!
- CAR CLASS #1
A big “Thank You” to Alan Klug, Jin An, and Malcolm Klug for leading our first Car Class on brakes. Thanks also to Mike Nichols for letting the crew work on your sweet ride. Keep your eyes peeled for future car classes on Car Basics, with a special shout out to those who missed the first class due to World Cup conflict. If you’re interested in upcoming classes, let Alan know and he can reserve a spot for you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- THURSDAY NIGHT FOOD BANK ROTATION: U-District Food Bank, 5-8pm
Join us on Thursday nights as we hang out with our neighbors, sort food, laugh, bag groceries, and have a good time. Up to 5 volunteers per week, send an email to email@example.com to sign up or for more info!
- SINNERS & SAINTS CHURCHWIDE RETREAT
We’re setting the date for our first-ever churchwide retreat for August 13-15. Let me know if you can make those dates, and if you’d like to be part of the planning committee!
- S&S SUMMER FUN!
This summer, Ramen Night is transitioning from once-a-week Tuesday night event to once-a-month. The first Tuesday of the month still means a bowl of steaming ramen at Lounjin, but other Tuesdays will be devoted to fun activities planned by church folks. If you’d like to join in planning fun events, casual outings like picnics at Gasworks, kayaking on Lake Union, or dinner at Paseo’s near Golden Gardens, let me know! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- SUNDAY DINNER POTLUCK: 5-7:30 pm
Join us for Sunday Dinner and Bible Study at Alan and Leah’s home from 5-7:30. The meal sign-up is below, email me if you’d like to bring something to share. email@example.com to sign up or for more info!
- This Sunday, 6/20: Soup, Salad and Bread
See you Sunday!