The Vision – May 2017

Mayday! Mayday!

Every year around this time, I remember celebrating Mayday as a kid. My mom, my sisters and I would get up in the wee small hours of the morning and hop in the car before the sun was up. The plan was to deliver a little potted plant to both sets of grandparents and anybody else we could squeeze in before it was time for school. We were vigilant in our attempts to be awake before the grandparents so that the May basket could truly be a surprise.

But every year (Every. Year!) these beloved people who are part of my DNA were awake before we got there and typically greeted us at the door. We’d have a good laugh over not surprising them yet again. In fact, not surprising them became part of the tradition. (“Let’s get up at the crack of dawn so Grandma can take her May basket in person…..or maybe we could sleep in and bring it in the afternoon??”)

May baskets are the memory that comes most quickly to mind when I think about springtime.

This month of the year seems to be even busier than December with all of the graduations and celebrations that go on. No matter how organized a calendar can be, somehow May starts to run at break-neck speed. And more often than not, we can start to feel like that busy calendar is complaint-worthy. We’re running too fast, we’ve got too much to do.

But I wonder if we can find a kind of surprise May basket in that crazy schedule. Not an actual begonia left on your doorstep by a mischievous neighbor, but a joyful surprise in your spirit.

One of my favorite things to listen to right now is the musical “Hamilton.” A particularly favorite line in one of the early songs is “look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

You might be looking over your schedule or your calendar and feeling a little stressed or frustrated. But I think it’s possible that in this coming month, rather than yelling “Mayday! Mayday!” as a distress signal, you might see the beginning of this month as a joyful surprise. Our creator wants us to “look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” There may be all kinds of things that you could see as negative….but blessings abound and God is alive. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Happy Spring, friends. May your May be full of joyful surprises. Pastor Sarah

The Vision – April 2017

Back when Dave Letterman was on TV, I always enjoyed his top ten lists. The top ten list is so useful! It is so often one of the best ways I can think of to write down ideas or thoughts. So, it occurs to me that since most of you don’t know me very well, I might offer a “getting to know you” edition of this month’s newsletter article. Here are a few handy things to know about me as we start in this season of ministry together.

1. I’m 42 years old. Just so you don’t have to guess.
2. Chad and I are coming up on our ten-year anniversary in September.
3. I am the mother of Claire, (age 7), and Aaron (age 4). They are delightful.
4. One of my favorite words in the whole world is “delightful.”
5. I am forgetful, so please remind me of prayer requests that you’ve mentioned, visits that might be needed, or other concerns that are on your mind.
6. I’ve lived in seven states, most of which are in the Midwest. I’m a relative newcomer to central Pennsylvania. I’m still getting used to some of the vocabulary. 
7. I am forgetful, so if you tell me something on the way out of church, there’s a good chance it will slip out of my brain before I’ve left the parking lot.
8. I love to laugh. And I am very often trying to make others laugh. Because in the book of Proverbs, I once read “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” and took it as a direct order. 
9. It seems important to me to mention that I’m forgetful.
10. I will do my very best to serve as your interim pastor. I am already enjoying the people here so much! But it’s no secret that I am not perfect and prone to some of the same character flaws that I’ve had since the fifth grade. (But that’s probably its own top ten list.)

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you more!! Thank you for already being so welcoming and friendly.

In the meantime, may the joy of the resurrection come alive for you as we move from Lent into Easter this month.

God’s peace,
Pastor Sarah