Ascension of our Lord Pastor's Message
Growing up, one of the things I always looked forward to in the summer was the numerous meals we had on the grill. Now, being from Minnesota you learn to grill in the snow during the never-ending winters, but there is something about being able to be outside, to smell the great aromas coming from the grill, knowing that you were about to enjoy a delicious meal. Who doesn’t love a hot dog, pork chop, steak, or any kind of meat coming off a grill?
We are now in our 6th summer at St. John’s of gathering for a meal each Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. These meals have been a great way for not only getting to know other St. John’s disciples, but also the many people from our community that come to share in a meal and grow in relationship with one another.
If you might be wondering what exactly are Meals on the Lawn, or you need a refresher from last summer, here it is. Each week, a different small group, ministry team, or group of individuals volunteers to prepare the main dish (funds are available to purchase the food). Then, we ask all who come to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Everything else is provided – the drinks, the serving ware, even the entertainment. After everyone has had a chance to eat, we are providing this year Intergenerational activities for all to participate in. By 7:30 we are finished, and everyone heads home.
This coming Wednesday, June 5 we kick things off for the summer. We will gather under the big white tent next to the PLC or in the PLC Lobby if it looks like rain. The church staff will be providing grilled chicken breasts for our entrée. Please bring a side to share. Following the meal, we will have fun activities for all ages as we grow in our relationships with one another and with our community.
Also, this week we will have a special visitor with us. Pastor Kristen Laderach, who serves as an ELCA Missionary in Madagascar will be joining us for the meal. Pastor Laderach is currently in the United States for what is called a Home Assignment where she visits many of the congregations that help support her and the ministries she works with in Madagascar. As we continue to strengthen our bond with our sisters and brothers from Madagascar I hope you will come and get to know Pastor Laderach and the work she does nearly 10,000 miles from Springfield.
I hope you will be able to join us for this meal and the rest of the meals this summer.
See you Wednesday!