Friends in Christ,
As I write this piece to you, we have actually had two decent seasonal days in a row! I am beginning to believe that the “winter that just wouldn’t end” has finally ended and that we can look to the glory of spring breaking forth in our midst. For places like Long Valley, springtime is a particularly beautiful time, when God puts on a show of greening and budding in every direction. The promise of new life is present among us, prompting us (I would hope) to first give praise and glory to God for this precious gift, and secondly to renew our own commitment to care for and preserve the natural beauty which surrounds us. Of course we welcome you to share your praise of God in the midst of the congregation on Sunday mornings!
As we move into springtime at the church, our Call Committee continues to work diligently in the preparation of the Site Profile, the document that the Synod will use in attracting candidates to Zion. A great deal of deep thought and prayer, as well as hours of discussion has already been put into our responses in the profile, and more work is yet to come. While we cannot put a schedule to the work of the Call Committee, we do plan to forward the profile to the Bishop in May. The speed at which a candidate can be vetted and presented to the committee is also unknown. We realize that these “unknowns” have the ability to produce anxiety and we pray that you will continue to walk with us steadily along the road of transition. Please keep the Call Committee in your daily prayers.
And while the Call Committee does its work, life at Zion continues! The month of May brings us Mother’s Day and our “Blanket Appeal”, Pentecost Sunday and the Rite of Confirmation, Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of our summer schedule, and many other opportunities for worship, fellowship and service. Please take the time to look through this newsletter carefully so that you can enjoy the opportunities that we offer. I especially hope that you will come on Pentecost Sunday to support our youth as they take upon themselves the promises made at baptism by their parents and commit themselves to “confirmed” membership in the church. This year we hope and plan to confirm ten students! Grace and peace Pastor Dan