Summertime Greetings Bethlehem,

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:1-5

I am writing this newsletter article in midst of the amazing, exhausting, wonderful insanity that is our VBS program. This year we have almost 100 kids in attendance in our program and it has been absolutely awesome. I’ve had so much fun getting to do the opening skit as the somewhat gruff Safari Sam, who ultimately becomes friends with a visiting “sound-ologist” (our very own Music Man Chris Matthews). As well as getting to lead the Imagination Station and do experiments with the kids. We’ve done baking soda volcanos, milk kaleidoscopes (or as I like to call them cow-leidoscopes), and various dry ice experiments.

The pureness of the joy, love, and excitement that these kids have is contagious. I couldn’t help but hear the words from Matthew’s Gospel ringing in my ear throughout this week. I was sitting in the back pew waving to the kids as they were leaving one day, giving high fives to some, and one little boy who couldn’t reach decided to blow a kiss instead. When we were working on the cow-leidoscopes I warned one group not to stir the colors too quickly because doing so results in everything turning brown. One of the 4-year-old girls responded, “Yeah, but it’s a brown we all helped make together!”

Often, as adults, we think that we are the ones with all the knowledge, and that it is our job to teach the younger generations. And while that definitely is part of what we are called to do, we can often lose sight of all that they have to teach us. The wisdom that comes from some of these kids is both humbling and inspiring. I invite you to come to church this Sunday and experience some of it for yourself!

Pastor Sam

P.S. Just as a reminder, we begin our new summer worship schedule this Sunday! Worship services are at 8:30 and 10:00 with educational opportunities for both kids and adults from 9:30-10:00.