Summer camp season draws to a close, and we know that fall is fast approaching! Students, teachers, and parents are gearing up for back-to-school, and we are all looking ahead and wondering what kind of weather autumn will bring us. When I was at Freddy’s last week, I saw that they already had every conceivable color of rain boot on the shelf. This is good news for the kid in all of us who still likes to splash around in puddles now and again.
As we move into September I rejoice for the success of our summer ministries: Movies in the Park, Camas Days, Blueberry Breakfast, and Summer Drama Camp. We are actively working to engage our neighbors and neighborhoods, and East County, Camas & Washougal, are great places to be.
One of the most important things we have done together as a church family these last number of months is work through a good chunk of our visioning process. Our goal was to try to get to the nut, the kernel, the DNA of our church.We worked to figure out who are we as a people of goodwill and faith called to serve God, here, in this good place.
Who are we?
Where are we?
What has God called us to do?
We wanted to answer this question of who we are right now, but also we needed to think of ourselves as a part of a great cycle of family and community, including in our thoughts those who are now our saints and angels, and also considering the people we will one day be. The truth is that a future lies ahead of us, and it will be a church filled with people we do not yet know. Who are we?
Our resulting statement is succinct, clean, and, I believe, matches us wonderfully: We are the Camas United Methodist Church—We give back.
We give back. We give back. We are a people with the strength of many generations. We have a heart for others and are involved in all kinds of ways to make this world a better place, both in the church and in our community. We sincerely care about the mission of Christ in the world.
We have strong roots, deep connections, and broad branches. We care about reaching out and transforming lives, for children and families from infants to great-grandparents. We are a people who know the value of a sturdy core and fruitful branches. We are a people who give back.
Blessings to all of you as another school year begins. As the cycle of another year moves into fall, I encourage you to seek the large and small ways you can live who we are and give a little something every day, from a smile, to a word of encouragement, a prayer for a stranger, or the donation of food or even a pair of rubber boots. Each of us has a gift to give, each of us is a blessing in this world, and each of us benefits every day from the love of others.
Blessings to each of you,