An Encouraging Word for the Summer

“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:23-25, NRSV)

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Congratulations to all the graduates who are moving on to the next phase of your lives. May God grant you grace and comfort throughout the summer and into the fall, preparing you for what lies ahead.

Speaking of summer, we’re approaching that time of rest and renewal when many people will make their way to the beach, to the mountains, or beyond. We miss you when you are gone! We want to stay connected to you even while you travel. The Canterbury App is a great way to stay in touch. You can tap into one of our worship live streams (both Traditional and Contemporary Worship) at 10:30 am Central each Sunday and watch what’s happening while you’re away. We’re referring to these live broadcasts as “Canterbury Live.” If the 10:30 am time slot doesn’t work for you, you can still access an archived version of the services or listen to a podcast of any of the sermons preached at Canterbury. If you choose any of these options, drop us an email and let us know you listened in.

Even though your plans may have you away from church a lot this summer, remember that connecting with other Christians is an important part of Christian community. The Hebrews passage at the top of the page tells us we’re responsible for provoking each other to love more and serve more. Maintaining that kind of connection to Canterbury can be difficult if your schedule takes you away several Sundays in a row. Being a part of a small group can be an added benefit, especially if you’re traveling on the weekends but are home during the week. We’re here to help you get connected so let any of the staff know if you would like to be a part of a small group and we’ll help you find a group that meets your needs.

As we do each year, for those traveling throughout the summer, we encourage you to fulfill your giving for the time you will be gone before you leave. We call this our First Things First campaign. By doing so, it not only keeps you from getting behind in your giving, it allows the church to fulfill its ministries and other obligations that continue throughout the summer. We are grateful for those of you who have already stepped up, and we know there are others who plan to do the same.

Allow me to offer one last word of gratitude for those of you who completed our most recent survey. Our goal was 700 responses, and we exceeded that number! We’ll be working with the results and making a report to the Church Council in August with some preliminary steps for moving forward.

I hope to see you Sunday!

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Rev. Dale Cohen
Senior Pastor of Canterbury United Methodist Church

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