Today, I was in on the decision to cancel a youth summer camp. Wye were hopeful to get enough youth ready to attend, but we came up quite short of our goal.
It was a reminder how quickly things can change. This was a camp that has a lot of tradition behind it. I know people who received a call to ministry through their experience there. So many young people have learned to follow Jesus at this camp.
For us, COVID seemed to be the biggest reason we had to cancel. The past two years have been hard on a lot of our churches. Many youth groups have suffered as a result of the pandemic.
It’s a reality I’ve recognized for a while. Still, it’s hard when the consequences are unavoidable.
Pray. with me for our young people. Let’s pray we are able to connect with them and teach them to follow Jesus.
I’ve been preparing for our church anniversary. We’re celebrating 150 years of ministry at Kelsey this November. So far, we’re catching up on planning. We had planned to prepare things back in March 2020. You know what happened then.
But I’m pleased. We have a small group of people who have slated a week’s worth of events. I’m grateful and honored this celebration came while I am appointed here. One of the activities we planned is a memorial service. Normally, we observe All Saints Sunday. This year, our memorial service will be on All Saints Day, Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
As I’ve outlined the gathering, I wanted to include this blessing. This week, as I’ve listened to it repeatedly and as I’ve reflected on the meaning for our gathering, I couldn’t help but get emotional.
May the grace of Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Spirit be with us.
The Lord bless us and keep us, his face shine upon us, his grace and his peace rest on us.