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"See, I am doing a new thing!"(Isaiah 43:18)
God is always doing something new - both in the life of the world and in our own lives. Sometimes, this new thing can be hard to see, and sometimes it is handed to us as blessings, gifts, and opportunities to grow and learn. God’s “new thing” can even come to us in the form of other people and in the blessings and gifts of fellowship and community.
For the past two years, Bedford Presbyterian Church (along with so many other churches, schools, and businesses) has taken a very cautious approach to how we do things. Everything we were doing seemed “new” in that we had never done it before. At the start of the pandemic in 2020, we shut just about everything down. Midway through the pandemic in 2021, worship was “open,” but we were still cautious regarding numbers, masking, and seating. We also had some limited in-person activities for children and youth but were still being cautious.
Here we are in the fall of 2022, at the start of the program year, and I am happy to say that we have a full calendar of events for all ages and stages of life. We are in the process of hiring a nursery worker who will staff our church nursery on Sundays. Sunday School and Youth Activities are starting this coming week. Adult Bible Studies and other opportunities to learn are beginning. A monthly gathering for older adults is kicking off on October 4. And monthly all-church meals kick off on October 2. On top of all this, we are continuing with in-person and online worship, starting a sermon series on September 18 that is all about the different ways we encounter God in our lives.
Just so you know, even though we have been very cautious over the past two years, we are not throwing caution to the wind, especially when it comes to large gatherings of people. We are still seeking to mitigate risk - especially with COVID-19 still being a presence in our lives. Our sanctuary continues to be a well-ventilated space with air filtration in place. Some people are still wearing masks when they are inside the building. We trust you to take the steps needed to protect your health and the health of others when it comes to vaccinations and boosters, masking, and staying home when needed (especially if you have a runny nose, a cold, or a cough).
In today’s newsletter (and in this week’s mail), you will find a brochure listing all of BPC’s fall activities. In this time of reopening and new beginnings, please pray with me that God will do a new thing in our midst. See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Prepare for Worship
This Week: “The Finding Gene - God Never Stops Seeking Us”
- Read Luke 15:1-10
- Read Exodus 32:7-14
- Read Psalm 51
- Read or sing Hymn # 401, “Here in this Place”