Church-in-the-Garden Family and Friends,
I write to you this month to let you know that August will be a tremendous month in the life of our church. This month we will be featuring some great and dynamic preachers in our worship service. I am delighted that the Reverends Violet L. D. Lee, Ph.D., Frank T. Fraley, and S. Raschaad Hoggard, will bless our pulpit with a revealed word from the Lord. Please come to Church-in-the-Garden and be part of our worship service! You will be glad that you did!
Moreover, I am encouraged that our youth will be the leaders in our worship. Our youth ministry, fresh off a wonderful July Bible Study and Car Wash, that raised meaningful money for upcoming activities, are excited for the mission of Christ and the fellowship with others. Their talents are many and their enthusiasm for Christ and living more Christ-like is infectious! They are planning great stuff for the rest of the summer and the fall. Pray much for them and please help in supporting them.
Brothers and Sisters, I also want to encourage you all to spend time with family and friends during this month. Take some vacation time, get outside, take a walk, go to the park, play, swim, have a cookout, go to a beach or lake, unwind and get some rest. It is vitally important that we rest and relax to destress and to maintain our sanity in this world. We need to recharge ourselves and take needed breaks. Our health depends on it and the ministry of Christ benefits from it. So from this pastor to you, have a great August! Enjoy yourselves! Come hear the Word proclaimed at Church-in-the-Garden! I will see you all in September!
Reverend Earl Thorpe