Simon’s Says ~ from Alan

If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time since the weather has turned warm that I’ve had to hold my Coffice Hours indoors - the first rainy Friday morning of the summer! And while it’s good for the gardens, it isn’t the best of weather for this weekend’s Chester Fair. But the good folks at eweather assure me that it will clear by midday and we are in for a spectacular weekend. I’m grateful for this for two reasons: one is that the Fair represents our community working together for the common good - for building community among neighbors and friends, and a warm welcome for people from all over the area who come to enjoy.

The second reason is because I missed last year’s Fair; I was in South Dakota with our UCC Mission Team. It was a wonderful trip, and just the other day I looked through my photos again, reliving the memories of meeting new friends and working on the reservation. So while I had an excellent excuse for missing the Fair, I do look forward to attending this year.

And since it is the last weekend in August, we are looking forward to a new program year at the church. This Sunday will be the last 9:00 service, as we move back to 10:00 on Sept 1, and plans are underway for our service at Cedar Lake on Sept 8; that’s always a fun time together. This Sunday is also the last in our summer series about the impact of the year 1969 on our lives, our culture and our faith, and it brings with it an extra of sorts - you may take this as either an incentive to come this Sunday, or perhaps an incentive to stay home, but this week and this week only there will be, not one, but two - yes, two - sermons. One looks back, one looks ahead. If you’re the kind who can’t resist a twofer, we’ll see you then!

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