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AUGUST 2020 NEWSLETTER

From the Pastor

LESSONS FROM THE GARDEN

Every year I plant a vegetable garden. Not only is it an enjoyable hobby, I learn a lot from it:

  • God grants the growth. Most of the work in the garden will take place without your involvement—simply because God has created plants to grow. God also is the one who grants us to grow physically, spiritually, and as a church.
  • Still, there is work for you to do. It isn’t all just plant the seed and forget about it. Same with life. You have to tend to things.
  • Deal with those weeds. This is your main task. Occasionally you may need to water or to do a little pruning. But weeding is your biggest chore. The main problems in our lives usually occur when some weeds are left to grow unchecked.
  • Be patient. Plants don’t mature overnight. Neither do people. But persistent work will pay off in the long run.

NO CHURCH COOKOUT

Life hasn’t been a picnic this year…and so we’re cancelling the church cookout. We do look forwarding to getting together again and to share a meal, but church meals are probably going to be one of the last things added back to the normal routine.

However, next time you have a hot dog or hamburger, think of your friends at First Bethlehem and how wonderful it will be to share a meal once the whole pandemic is over. Maybe also pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t seen for a while.

THEOLOGY TODAY

In June we began our study of Authentic Christianity: How Lutheran Theology Speaks to a Postmodern World by Gene Veith and A. Trevor Sutton. This book explores how many concerns raised by Christians and non-Christians alike find a solid answer in the Lutheran approach to theology. Today (July 26) is our second installment (pages 61–123). We will discuss pages 125–172 on August 30, and then complete the book on September 27.