To God’s beloved people at John Wesley:
By the time the newsletter arrives in your mailboxes, fall will (hopefully) be here! The weather will be cooler, the leaves will begin to change, and porches will be decorated with pumpkins and mums. This is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is this: I experience fall as a season of feasting. I love pumpkin spice flavoring, for one, so the baked goods and special lattes of this time of year never fail to bring a smile to my face. But there are many ways we feast together as a church during this season.
We return to coffee fellowship between Sunday School and morning worship, a time when we share wonderful food as a church family. The food is delicious, to be sure, but the real gift of coffee fellowship is the time we spend with one another – it’s truly a feast!
This year we gathered for our first-ever Kitchen Festival, a meatloaf supper and silent auction to help fund needed upgrades to our church kitchen and social hall. What a joy to share a good meal with good friends, all to support a good cause. It was, indeed, another feast.
Many members of our congregation gathered for a retreat on the book Anatomy of Peace, which we have been reading together as a congregation. Again, we shared food; but we also shared conversation with one another as we sought to grow as individuals and as a community of faith. We feasted not only on the meal, but on the learning and reflection together.
The beginning of October will bring with it World Communion Sunday, a day when we recognize that we come to Christ’s table with our church family but also with the church universal, people of every creed and nation who seek to follow Jesus. What a feast that will be!
At the end of October, we’ll open our front steps to spectators for the Mummers’ Parade. Once again, we’ll have delicious food that will help raise money for our music and youth ministries at the church. But we’ll also have the chance to welcome neighbors to our church building, to get to know them, to show the very best of our hospitality to all who sit on our steps or just walk by during the parade. What a gift, to be able to welcome so many and be present in our community!
I hope that you will find, in this season of feasting and fellowship, ways to give thanks to God for the gift of this community. I hope you will tell someone you love about what John Wesley has meant to you. I hope you will invite someone to join our feast!
Grace and peace to you,