Today, I thought it would be interesting to look up words for change. Here were a couple words that really stood out to me as I reflect on what it means to change;

alteration, difference, review, amendment, metamorphosis,
transfiguration, oscillation, shift, adjustment, and tweak

This list doesn’t even compare to how many words exist to begin to clarify what it means to change.

As Emilie and I prepare for our first child, things are starting to shift. We are setting up the nursery, getting rid of old furniture that we have had since we were children, adjusting our budget, reviewing our schedule, and trying to teach our ‘Cat’ what all this new stuff is in the house.

With all the change that is happening around the world, in our community, and even in our own families, sometimes it feels like we are never up-to-date. We are consistently bombarded with change. Change happens though. It’s inevitable. And I know that change is not easy. One thing that I know that will never change though is God’s love. We read in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” His love, His death, and His life will always be true. It will never change.

The first verse from “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” really shows us the depth of which His love means. Take some time to reflect on His love throughout this upcoming week.

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

As we prepare for the fall, I want to bring a couple dates to your attention:

September 12th – Rally Day/NYG meeting for all 8th – 12th grade students. 12:30 pm Youth Group 6th – 12th 6:00 pm

September 14th – Bible Refresher Class 5:00 pm (Meets every Tuesday)

September 15th – Midweek begins

September 17th-19th – Confirmation Retreat 6th – 8th grade. Meet at 5:30 & Leave Church at 6:00 pm

September 19th – First class of Sunday School

September 26th – Youth Group 6th – 12th grade 1:00 pm

I’m looking forward to the fall and everything coming up. Remember to check your bulletin weekly for the most up to date news as things sometimes “change” last minute. :D

In Christ,
  Russell Baumann