I don’t know about you, but I’m really enjoying this glorious summer weather, along with the slightly slower pace that summertime always seems to bring. Speaking of slowing down, I’ll be on vacation the last two weeks of July, Courtney the first week of August, and Heather the second week of August — with Ray taking some time off just after the middle of August. As we take some time to be refreshed, we pray that this summer also holds some refreshment for each one of you.
This isn’t to say that MPC itself is on vacation. Some committees, and possibly the Session, will be taking a break in July, but many activities carry on as usual — such as Sunday worship at 10:00 a.m., the Friday Men’s Breakfast, and the First Friday Book Group. The Pastor Nominating Committee will undergo their official presbytery orientation and training sometime in August and get going on preparing the Ministry Information Form for the pastor search. Plus there are several special events/opportunities to look forward to this summer and put on our calendars:
- the church picnic on July 2;
- the Alaska mission trip July 7-16;
- the Grauer Back-to-School Project in July-early August;
- a visit from John & Sylvia Dilworth on Sunday, August 6;
- the Multnomah Days Parade and the Pool Party on August 19;
- and an opportunity to support a new idea for a Marimba ministry.
Please read the related articles about these opportunities elsewhere in this newsletter, and/or on the church website.
John & Sylvia Dilworth Visit – As you know, after pastoring MPC for 30 years, John and Sylvia have become missionaries in Kenya. They’re coming back to the U. S. in August and will spend a few days here in Portland. Since they’ll be here over a Sunday, the Session and I have invited them to join us for worship and coffee hour on August 6. They’ll treat us to a brief report on their missionary work during worship, followed by a lengthier presentation after coffee hour for those of you who’d enjoy getting to interact with them in greater depth.
I think this is a marvelous opportunity for the Dilworths and for MPC. It’s true that John and Sylvia are no longer your pastors, but they were your pastors and they are your friends. As a congregation, you faithfully support them and their work in Kenya with your prayers, your financial giving, and your care for them personally — much as you’ve been doing for years with Ron and Sue Newberg, who serve with Wycliffe in Mexico. What a great opportunity August 6 is to welcome John and Sylvia back to MPC, re-connect with them personally, and get a firsthand look at their life and work for Jesus Christ in Kenya.
I hope you’re enjoying reading The Will of God as a Way of Life by Jerry Sittser this summer. Our summer sermon series — The Jesus Way — doesn’t track precisely with the book, but the July sermons will correlate with chapters 5-10, and the August sermons with chapters 11-17.
By the way, I’ve been with you exactly a year now. I thank you very much for your hospitality and partnership in ministry, and it continues to be my pleasure to serve as your interim pastor. Now, with the mission study itself behind us, and the pastor search immediately before us, we still have plenty to do together as you prepare for your long-term future. I’m glad I get to be part of that.
Warmly in Christ,