Dear Friends in Christ:
The long wet Summer is winding down—and not a moment too soon for me. As we gear up for Fall, we have much to be thankful for. We had passable attendance and giving over the Summer. We had an excellent picnic/barbecue with decent weather to boot. Dawn and Cherie ran a great Summer (preschool) Camp. Our special service for Helen Gscheidle went off without a hitch. Thanks to Karla and Ian for the extra music. Our numbers for Vacation Bible School were up-65 kids. We had an embarrassment of riches all Summer when it came to our volunteer staff.
As we move into Fall, we hope to increase attendance and giving, but more than that we hope to increase the hearing of the Word of God which makes alive the dead and calls into being the things which do not exist. There will be plenty of opportunities to invite friends, coworkers, relatives, and classmates to come to church with us. The Good News of salvation in Christ is too good not to share.
Our enrollment numbers for the toddler program and the preschool program are pretty decent. Word of mouth has served us well. Thanks to Joann E. for keeping up with the registrar’s work and returning phone calls from parents.
Our biggest push is to get Sunday School up and running—every week. We have a problem in that if one of our families is missing on a weekend, Sunday school collapses. The obvious solution is to have more kids from more families involved. With this in mind, we are offering a 50% discount for all children enrolled by the end of September. This brings the price down to free (which it was before the 50% discount).
St. James continues to be the best kept secret in Nassau County. Pray that we might do a better job of getting the word out.
Yours in Christ,
John Shepherd McKenzie
of Stewart Manor
St. James Lutheran Church of Stewart Manor | 116 Elton Road, Stewart Manor, NY 11530 | 516-352-4099
St. James Lutheran Church