I returned last night from the Arizona Pastor's Conference. It was good and encouraging to be around pastors from across the spectrum of ecclesiastical associations all of whom are committed to ministering to congregations in Arizona. These types of gathers are always interesting, and I'm never quite sure what I'll be getting into, but this time was worth my time.
There were two excellent breakout sessions that I attended - the first was "The Pastor and Longevity," talking the goodness of staying for the long haul in a parish. The man who led it had been the senior pastor at a church for well over 20 years and had a great deal of wisdom and sound advice for persevering over the long haul.
The second session was about the pastor and suffering. Over the last few years, I've grown aware of the fact that the American church does not have a good theology of suffering. It was helpful both to hear how someone else has worked this out and developed his theology of suffering, and be able to synthesize his wisdom into what I have worked out.
We have a couple of exciting things coming up in the next month or so, but it'll generally be a pretty quiet few weeks.
CHURCH PICNIC THIS WEEK!
Don't forget this Saturday, September 22nd, is the church picnic! Be there or be square. We have a fun day of fellowship scheduled starting at 10 am at Lynx Lake.
We are continuing with our series on the 39 Articles of Religion. We try to start at 9 am before our Sunday service, if you are late, you can still join in. This is a good time to ask any questions you might have about specific articles, what they mean, and how we apply them today.
Soup and Learning
Our Wednesday night time of soup and learning will resume in October. This fall we'll be digging deeper into the gospels, staying with the theme of our fall bookmarks and our Sunday focus. There'll be delicious soup, good discussion, and I pray lots of edification.
We had a couple of very generous donations for things our parish needed this past week. Someone donated a flagpole, and someone else donated a new stove. Our stove was condemned last week, and it would have been a considerable chunk of money to replace it. A huge thanks to those who replaced these items.
That's all the news for this week, I hope and trust that you are well. I look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn