The meteorologists (and my experience as a Georgia boy) tell me it won’t last, but the air was cool and crisp this morning. The summer, though technically not over until deep into September, is functionally over for most of us. Much of the drama of the “back-to-school” season is now past and we are preparing for “life after Labor Day” … settling (hopefully) into the rhythms of the school-year.
Speaking of Labor Day: Please be in prayer for the young people of our church as they travel to the Whitewater Express Outpost over the holiday weekend! On Saturday they will be rafting on the Ocoee and Nantahala rivers. On Sunday they will be tackling the ropes courses at the outpost. In addition to their times of adventure, there will be times to play, to worship, and to rest. Pray for their safety, for the relationships they are building (with each other, their leaders, and with God), and for Sabbath.
This September will be an exciting month for the Salem United Methodist church family. Our FALL REVIVAL will begin on Sunday, September 11th. That morning, as we gather for worship, many of us will be thinking about that terrible morning fifteen years ago when the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon were attacked and a plane went down in a Pennsylvania field. I will have other things on my mind that morning, too; and I won’t be alone. I will be thinking about my mom. That’s her birthday.
Our revival preacher this year will be my father, the Reverend Dr. Joe Peabody. He will be preaching at both services on Sunday morning and will be preaching on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights! The services on Sunday and Wednesday will be in the Sanctuary. The services on Monday and Tuesday will be in the Family Life Center.
On Saturday, September 17, we invite you to participate in Salem’s annual GREAT DAY OF SERVICE. We are looking for potential projects, project captains, and lots of volunteers. This a great way for Salem to continue in our effort to reintroduce ourselves to our community, demonstrating who we are and what God is like by doing good for others in Jesus’ name.
On Sunday, September 18, we will be celebrating HOMECOMING at both services, after which we will sit down to a covered dish meal with fried chicken provided by the church.
The fall is going to begin in a big way as together we proclaim — in word, in worship, and in service — the living hope to which we cling and on which we make our stand
Dan has been the Pastor of Salem UMC since June, 2017. He loves preaching, the Atlanta Braves, beach vacations, and precious time with his wife Brenda and their grown sons. Read More . . .