I stopped into Staples last week to pick up a new printer cartridge and it was a flurry of activity and sales going on. You know this time of year parents are taking their children shopping with a long list from the new teacher: Bic pens, Ticonderoga pencils, three subject notebooks, and Crayola colored markers. There is also the trip to the department store for new jeans, Nike’s, blouses and shirts. It is exciting to get ready for the start of school. College students as well will be buying new sheets for the dorm room, going to Costco to stock up on snack supplies and packing the car for the trip back to college.
After the summer break the best part is always seeing friends you haven’t seen for a few months. It’s great to catch up, hear about summer vacation adventures and finding out what’s new in their lives. You also get to make connections with new students, incoming freshman or a transfer student who may become your new friend. It feels good to get back in the routine of school and study. It is fun to be back with the good friends again.
The same is true for the church. You don’t need to go shopping for school supplies (except for the Sunday School teachers) but it is great to be back to the church in full swing. The best part is always seeing friends who may have been traveling during summer and finding out what is new in their lives. There are always newcomers in the fall who we want to welcome and get to know, including freshman UKirk students.
We are looking forward to a great start of the fall season at WPC with exciting programs, the start of Sunday School, choir, and bells. There will be a new mix for the Dinners for Eight and the church picnic coming up. I’m looking forward to a new Roundtable which will start mid-October. There will be new service opportunities and seminars available as well.
I hope you are as excited to get the fall started as a first-grader with a new backpack. I can’t wait for it all to begin.