Lead Pastor Michael J. Paris

 

A child of God, Husband of Sue, Father, Grandfather, Pastor and friend.  Pastor Mike longs to lead men and women to live like they are God’s most treasured possession and grow in their faith all for the Glory of Him who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

 

Hey Church –

Summer is almost here! That means that there are lots of things happening in our church family! This next season is so  important for so many reasons! But the biggest thing that summer affords is rest, refreshment, and relaxation. We need these  planned sabbaths and vacations for recharging our batteries. God even said that it was good to take a break and built it into  the fabric of His people’s schedules. (GEN 2:1-3; EX 20:8-11; DT 5:12-15) If you don’t take a break, you will break! 

Before summer break hits, we want to say thanks to those who have worked so hard during the year in all sorts of ministries at  FBC@A. This has been another long, but productive season. We appreciate everything that the team of volunteers has made  possible at and around 3 Prospect St. Nursery workers, Children’s ministry teachers/helpers, worship team members, ministry  teams/committees, deacons, trustees, deaconesses, cleaners, and SS2.0 teachers all make up a great volunteer crew. This is a  partial list and many people do multiple services on that list! 

Therefore, on Sunday Jun 5, we want to party together and say thanks to everyone who serves at FBC@A. Everyone (even if  you don’t serve anywhere yet) is welcome to come and enjoy a cook-out after church. The Church Health/Growth ministry  team is hosting a picnic style luncheon after the morning service to say thanks. 

After school is out, we will have MEGA Sports Camp (JUN 26-30, 6:15-8:45p) and then a Church in the Park service (JUL 10,  10a) followed by a lunch together. Eating meals together is one of the best ways to build friendships! Church health and  growth happens around tables and in homes. We want to carve out some opportunities for that this summer. 

  1. We are taking a break from SS2.0 and children’s ministry during the summer. Teachers need a break just like public  school teachers! Vacations cause staffing disruptions and scheduling conflicts. We want to take stress out of those  volunteers’ lives. Not add more in! JUN 19 will be the last day of these services for the summer break. We would like  to create some Busy Boxes for kids this summer to help them learn in the pew. If you would like to help put these  together, please see me.  
  2. We are hoping to have a series of Hospitality Hotspots again this summer during the months of July and August. We  have selected 3 SUNDAY NIGHT hosting slots – JUL 24, AUG 7, AUG 21. We would love to have at least two locations  (to keep the numbers smaller at each one) to host on each date. Hosting just means opening up your yard, deck, house  to a gathering of families and friends on one of those dates. Everyone can bring something to share and a lawn chair  and enjoy being together with each other. We have had several of these in past years and we hope this will grow into a  favorite summer church activity. 
  3. Of course, there is also the vacationing together. If you are part of a regular crew that pitches tents and campers  together – enjoy! But also think about who hasn’t been invited to circle up with you. Think about making new  connections and include newer members in your groups. Or, make a new group of people that barbeque together on  the 4th or vacation in the ADKs or paddle kayaks or hike on a Saturday. Get creative and get connected! Summer in NYS  can be lots of fun.  

Whatever you do this summer, do it as unto the Lord (COL 3:17). Think about ways to recharge your spiritual and emotional  and physical bodies. Read books, watch the Chosen series, host cottage prayer meetings, visit shut-ins, practice hospitality, etc.  Don’t let sabbathing be the new god to worship. But don’t miss the chance to know the God of the Sabbath better. Maybe do a study as a family of all the times Jesus got in trouble with the “Sabbath police” (aka the Pharisees). Jesus’ response to these  confrontations are pretty informative and formative to good sabbath/summer practices. 

Hope that these scheduled breaks are helpful to you and that you are looking forward to summer! Blessings, Pastor

 
Blessings, Pastor Mike pastormike33@yahoo.com, 607.220.9911, 99 East Ave, Attica NY 14011