Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Summer months are often marked by a slower, more relaxed pace of life. But at Reformation ministry was full speed ahead in the month of July. As July began, our group of 10 youth and two adult advisors returned from the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston where they had the thrill of worshipping with 30,000 other Lutheran youth. Their experience included faith-building learning events and service projects and much, much more. On Sunday, July 22, they planned and led worship for both services at Reformation. We thank them for the gift of inspiration which they give to all of us!
Our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) was held the second week of July under the direction of Pastor Alina – and what a great week it was! 85 children were enrolled in VBS – that’s double the number enrolled in 2014! Each year the enrollment has grown by 10-20%. God has given us the great gift of sharing the faith in a fun way with all these children!
This ministry would not be possible without the support of nearly 40 volunteers. We thank God for the blessing of so many members of Reformation who are willing to share their love for God with these children.
A significant part of VBS is a mission project. The project at VBS was Habitat for Humanity. Children made more than 100 inspirational nail aprons for Habitat volunteers. They also painted 20 flower pots which will be given to new residents of Habitat homes. We are also grateful for the generous financial support given by VBS (and other members) to the Montco/Delco Habitat chapter. The offering of $706 will be matched by our Holiday Offering Fund for a total contribution of $1,412!
There was also a very well-received adult class during VBS. More than a dozen adults studied five cities in the book of Acts under the outstanding leadership of Nancy Clark.
Another highlight of July was Art in the Heart of Worship on Sunday, July 22, which celebrated the patterns and connections of God’s good creation, inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings.
A dozen members continued to put their faith into action serving a meal at the Life Center in Upper Darby to more than 100 people living in homelessness.
July, like every month at Reformation, was indeed full of excitement and the blessings of ministry. I hope you and your loved ones have had or will have some time for relaxation and renewal this summer. Have a great August!