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July 2019 – Monthly Spirit

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

              We have read it on a boat.  We have read it with a goat.  We have read it here and there.  We have read it everywhere.  Who hasn’t read Dr. Seuss’ beloved words of wisdom?  If you haven’t, come see me, I’ll lend you my copy!  ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ has achieved great heights in American culture.  It’s the go-to-gift for anyone setting out for new adventures.  In fact, every May during graduation season the classic soars back up the best-selling book charts selling over 800,000 hard back copies again this year alone.  Why has this children’s classic been such a hit?  Perhaps it’s because it speaks about action.  It’s about doing.  It’s about going places.  ‘It’s a classic story that speaks to a lot of what many people would like to believe about the world now,’ one person wrote, ‘armed with your iPhone and Dr. Seuss, you can conquer the world.’

As I write this, I can’t help but think about the mission and   ministry that lies ahead for Hope Lutheran Church.  For the past year, staff and leadership have been in a time of intentional planning. Prayers were said.  Surveys were conducted.  Conversations were had.  Strategies were made.  In this newsletter you will read about the work that has been accomplished.  Four strategic ministry initiatives have been identified in our work together for the glory of God.  Each of these initiatives will help set our ministry on a path to thrive and grow into the future.  I’m thankful for the work that has been completed and I’m excited about what God has planned for this place and the ‘Places We’ll Go.’  But with anything worthwhile the work ahead will not come easy and help is always needed.

Embarking on new ministry adventures I would ask that as a community of faith that we continue to be in intentional prayer asking for God to be a ‘lamp to our feet and light to our path.’   Collectively, as the Body of Christ, let’s pray for our staff, leaders, congregational family, and the community as we set out to be a Church of action, doing, and going places.  ‘Oh, the Places We’ll Go’ will be in our hands, guided by the Holy Spirit, as we seek together the wisdom and direction of God.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Brown <><

‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ Psalm 119:105