Small Enough to be Family

Large Enough to Make a Difference

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Summer Worship Schedule Begins May 26, 2024

Services begin at 10:00 am.

Adult Sunday School on pause.

Chancel Choir rehearsals are on pause.

The Rev. Luke M. Csellak Swanson, Pastor

(540) 366-9481

A Note From Our Council President

Faith, Family, & Love

 As I and my family wrestle with watching a loved one struggle with growing old and the health issues that go along with old age, I am reminded of how important family and loved ones are to me.  I always knew that I was blessed with a loving family to include my wife, our children and their families, my parents, my step-parents and my grandparents.  But as the end of life approaches for my grandmother, it has caused me to reflect on the question: “Do my actions and interactions with my family and all the people that I love let them know how much they mean to me and how much I love them?”  My answers to that question range from “I hope so.” to “Sometimes” to “Not often enough”.  I think my answers to that question have varied with my age and with the different seasons of my life.  I know I can do a better job.

Relationships are so important to our wellbeing.  These relationships can be with biological family, adopted family, church family, friends, neighbors, mission partners, co-workers, former classmates, store clerks, doctors, nurses and service providers.  I am sure that you can add many more to that list.  Think of all the people that we interact with and that are important to us.  Think about what we do to keep those relationships strong and positive.  Think about “Are we letting them know how important they are to us?” “What can we do differently to let them know?”

God blesses us with all kinds of people around us and blesses us with the ability to love and care.  Let us all take little extra time during the month of August to let those we care about know just how much we care.  Let them know that they are important to us.  Let them know how much they are appreciated and how much they are loved.

Thanks be to God for all of the people in our lives and for the ability to love.

Troy Kincer

Council President

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NRSV

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Those seeking God’s touch